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GRACE THEOlOGICAl SEMINARY 
WINONA LAKE, IND. 



The BRETHREN 




FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 4, 1958 




Praise God for African Christian 

Parents Who Are Facing the 

New Year in the Lord! 

(See page 3) 

^RACE THEOlOGiCAl SEMINARY 
WINCNA LAKE. IND. 



Timely Topics for the New Year 



By Russell D. Barnard 



This New Year — 

On behalf of our foreign missionaries, our board of 
trustees, and our Brethren Foreign Mission office staff, 
we desire to extend to all of you readers our wish that 
you may have a happy and spiritually profitable New 
Year. This greeting we put in a verse of Scripture — III 
John 2: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou 
mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul pros- 
pereth." The apostle puts "soul prospering" first. .Tn 
his thinking it is a cause and not an effect. We don't 
know what material prosperity may be ahead, neither 
do we know what the health area may hold for any 
of us. One thing we know is that the soul can prosper 
for all those who will dig deeply into the Word of God, 
and stay in the center of His will. This may cost some- 
thing, but it will be worth it. 



This is the Day — 

If there was ever a day when we needed to advance 
on all fronts, it is today. Satan is advancing! Hosts of 
iniquity are advancing! Science, education, social wel- 
fare and poUtical intrigue are advancing! If even for 
one moment we fail to advance as believers in the 
cause of Christ, we are defeated — we fail! We acknowl- 
edge that the things of this world are more powerful in 
our lives than the things of God! We do believe that 
we are "more than conquerors" through our Lord Jesus 
Christ, don't we? We do believe that "greater is he that 
is in you, than he that is in the world," don't we? Our 
words make a very futile attempt to answer unless our 
deeds demonstrate that what we say is true. 



The futility of "things" — 

Jesus speaks of them as the "things" to be added unto 
us if we first seek the kingdom of God. But, how satis- 
fying are things? What will things do? What will they 
not do? Things will not give abiding joy. Things will 
not give life. Things will not give peace. There are some 
things that things will do; there are good things that 
things will do. They will send missionaries to the field 
in unbelievably short time. They will carry missionaries 
from village to village almost while one is thinking 



about it. They will print the Word of God. They can 
be used of God to cure illnesses. They can make life 
more bearable under quite unpleasant circumstances. 
They can supply worthwhile relaxation. Then there are 
some bad things that things may do. They may make 
us hanker after more things. They may be used to satisfy 
the lusts of the flesh. They may be used to make glut- 
tons of us. They may be used to keep us from the best 
God has for us. They may take our thoughts away from 
God, and cool our zeal for the work of the Lord. They 
may cause us to trust more in human ingenuities and 
less in the living God. They may rob us of our trust 
in God so we will not spend time in the blessed Word. 
And, so very, very often they do get us so encumbered 
with this world system that we find ourselves unable to 
pay as we should or as we desire to do for the Lord's 
work. Good things are for our good; God planned it 
that way. But let us be careful that even good things 
shall not keep us from the best in and for Jesus Christ. 



"/ surrender all" — 

We heard believers singing this song the other day, 
and well they should. It is a wonderful song. But we 
were made to wonder to how many "all" meant "all." 
If it cuts until the blood comes and causes us to give and 
give and give, then we have a right to sing, "I Sur- 
render all." Even though we are Christian workers, and 
dedicated ones, too, we may selfishly want what others 
have. If so, we have envy in our hearts; we have no 
right to sing, "I Surrender All." 



Sputnik and "Lunasphere" — 

All the world is re-evaluating things since Sputnik I 
began to circle the earth. A few evenings ago Senator 
Lyndon Johnson, of Texas, was quoted as having said: 
"We must live as if there will never be a tomorrow, and 
that everything must be done tonight." Beloved, if men 
of this world see these foreboding things and plead for 
sacrifice, endurance, long hours, higher taxes and less 
conveniences to get a satellite in the sky, how much 
more should we be ready to surrender all, to dedicate 
ourselves that we may make known the message of the 
Lord Jesus Christ? 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 1 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lalce, Ind., under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50: foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer, secretary: True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers: Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Whose shall these things be? 

We cherish things, don't we? Things are valuable. 
Yet, all of us must always recognize that they are but 
temporary, and transient. The greatest minds of earth 
are frantic to find some plan to avoid terrible destruc- 
tion. But, if an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) 
strikes, whose shall these things be? If a deadly bomb 
strikes and the deadly fall-out kills millions more than 
the death-dealing bomb itself, whose shall these things 
be? Or, when the Rapture comes — and pray God that 
it may come soon — and we are taken up to be with 
the Lord, whose shall these things be? There is only 
one answer — they will all belong to the Devil. It's part 
of his world order. There is only one way we can cheat 
the Devil out of that which he would otherwise have — 
give to the Lord, and do it now, while we are living. It 
must make the Devil laugh with impish glee to see the 
Lord's people hold on so selfishly to the possessions of 
this world, and to see them die without having made any 
arrangement for the future use of their possessions. The 
Devil must lick his lips in anticipation of the feast he 
will have at the Lord's expense, when the Lord's people 
accumulate wealth, and the Lord gets so little of it. The 
Devil can truthfully say: "Before long it will all be mine." 



Who rejoices? 

When missionaries struggle without the tools they 
need; when believers want a church building so badly 
and have no funds to build it; when young people need 
a Christian college so badly, and it can't be completed; 
when the millions go out into a Christless eternity and 
no one teUs them of the Saviour; when missionary can- 
didates are trained and ready to go and no funds to 
send them — who gets joy out of that? Does it make 
our blessed Saviour happy? Do born-again believers 
rejoice? Are missionaries thrilled when they struggle 
along, haltingly? Do the hearts of missionary candidates 
overflow with joy when they must wait at home? Car- 
nal believers probably think httle of it. Ungodly men 
will feel rather happy about it. Imps of hell will be 
quite thrilled about it. But only one person will really 
feel a victory through this sad experience — Satan will 
recognize it as his victory. If you want to make Satan 
happy, withhold your life from the Lord, withhold 
your money from the Lord's work. We don't believe any 
person who reads this really desires to contribute to 
the joy and victory of that horrible person — the enemy 
of souls — the Devil. 



About- Our Cover- 

I have heard the statement that 
African fathers don't seem to show 
any real love for their children. Well, 



here is one who does. Can't you just 
see it in the picture? He is one of our 
nurses, and the picture shows him 
with his wife and their two-day old 
son. Yes; it is their first child. Re- 



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cently the baby was taken very ill. 
At first it was amoebic dysentery; 
then complications of what might 
have been Asian flu. It seemed that 
all medical efforts would fail. 
Ngaba called me at 1:30 one night. 
Would Mademoiselle please come 
down to the house? Little Daniel was 
very ill. We all knew there was little 
more to be done medically, so we 
gathered for prayer. There was the 
local pastor, the head nurse and his 
wife, a few relatives and myself. The 
mother sat on a low stool near the 
fire in the middle of the room. She 
held the baby tenderly in her arms. 
The father took his place nearby. 
There was evidence of love and de- 
votion here that could nowhere be 
surpassed. There was a peace that 
those outside Christ could never 
know or understand. The Lord was 
in our midst. He heard our prayers 
and the baby has been returned to 
health and strength. Praise be to 
God! Ngaba and Sophine, and all 
of our Christians and their leaders, 
need the prayers of all who have a 
vision of the harvest fields of the 
world. — Miss Rosella Cochran. 



January 4, 1958 



The Battle on Many Fronts in Argentina 

By Solon W. Hoyt 



"Another parable put he forth 
unto them, saying. The kingdom of 
heaven is hkened unto a man which 
soweth good seed in his field: but 
while men slept, his enemy came and 
sowed tares among the wheat, and 
went his way" (Matt. 13:24-25). 
"... Declare unto us the parable 
of the tares of the field. He ans- 
wered and said unto them. He that 
soweth the good seed is the Son of 
man; the field is the world; the 
good seed are the children of the 
kingdom; but the tares are the chil- 
dren of the wicked one " (Matt. 13: 
36-38). 

In this parable of the tares, my 
attention is called especially to the 
divine interpretation. The good 
seed sown here seems to refer to the 
providential placing of saved men 
and women to be witnesses for the 
Lord. The tares would seem to refer 
to unsaved men with a religious pro- 
fession carefully placed by Satan 
among the true servants of the Lord 
to dim and counteract their testi- 
mony. The field is the world. Satan 
has not been slow to sow his 
"poison-carriers" the world around, 
and they in turn sow the seeds of 
error and confusion on every hand. 

The other day I was asked if 
there are false cults in Argentina. 
Undoubtedly this person almost un- 
consciously formed the idea that 
Catholicism reigns in Argentina to 
the exclusion of other deadly errors. 
Certainly Romanism is the princi- 
pal weapon in the hand of the arch- 
enemy, but let it be well remembered 



that the Republic is well filled with 
the disseminators of every other 
kind of religious error also. The 
danger in all these religious errors 
is exactly that expressed in the par- 
able of the tares — the outward re- 
semblance of their followers to the 
followers of the truth. Please :aotice 
that I did not refer to the resem- 
blance of their doctrines to the truth. 
Only the most careless and superfi- 
cial investigator would fail to detect 
the fundamental differences to the 
truth, whereas these sowers of dead- 
ly poison will put many a true be- 
liever to shame by their kind, pa- 
tient, tolerant demeanor. 

Furthermore, almost without ex- 
ception, every religious profession 
outside Catholicism, the state re- 
ligion, is classed as "evangelico" or, 
more commonly, "evangelista." One 
can imagine the overwhelming con- 
fusion to the Argentine mind if he 
tries to harmonize all these contra- 
dictory doctrines into one doctrinal 
system of the "evangelicos." 

Before relating various experi- 
ences with the representatives of the 
false cults, I'd like to show the 
power of the Catholic Church in 
Argentina as evidenced in the ac- 
count of Mrs. Filoni's burial. This 
happened this past July, and the 
translation of the newspaper article 
is as follows: 

"The townspeople of Rio Cebal- 
los were deeply stirred when the 
local priest denied burial to Mrs. 
Irene Filoni in a niche in the local 
cemetery. (These niches are com- 
partments large enough for a casket 
and built five, six or more high, in 
sections of twenty or more long. 
They are for the temporary keep- 
ing of the corpse.) 



"The petition was made to the 
priest since the only cemetery there 
is under Catholic jurisdiction. This 
religious leader justified his resolu- 
tion by the fact that Mrs. Filoni 
professed the evangelical creed. In 
spite of the attempts of many neigh- 
bors, the parochial priest would not 
modify his position. He did give 
permission, however, for the body 
to be buried in an adjacent tract of 
land for the burial of suicides and 
those who do not profess the Cath- 
olic religion. This was not suitable 
to the bereaved who expressed the 
sole desire of depositing the casket 
in a niche until the proposed muni- 
cipal cemetery was ready. 

"Meeting with no success there, 
they endeavored to secure permis- 
sion in a neighboring town but were 
dealt with exactly the same way. 

"They made a third attempt in 
another nearby town with similar 
treatment until the municipal sec- 
retary interceded for them and se- 
cured the permission." 

In an article which appeared in 
the Catholic magazine, "The Sign," 
entitled, "How Catholic is Latin 
America?" these two significant 
statements are made: (1) Eighty- 
seven percent of the entire popula- 
tion profess Catholicism, but by 
the most generous figuring we may 
say that only ten percent practices 
it; (2) The Catholic Church is strong 
and has vitality in Argentina, Mex- 
ico, Costa Rica and Colombia; 
whereas it is dying in Bolivia, Ecua- 
dor, Paraguay, Brazil, Panama, The 
Dominican Republic, Honduras and 
Haiti. 

As to the false cults, I have seen 
and talked with a good many of their 
followers and witnesses. In greater 



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Buenos Aires they are all present 
and active. Time after time the Je- 
hovah's Witnesses invaded our 
neighborhood. Six or eight well- 
dressed, cultured young people 
would canvass block after block sell- 
ing and giving away their literature. 
I remember one man in particular 
who praised a certain evangelical 
magazine very highly saying that 
he subscribed to it and saved every 
issue and wanted to show them to 
us. One glance at them was enough 
to see that they were of the Je- 
hovah's Witnesses. 

The Christian Science movement 
is not so large nor so active, but 
they make people know that they 
are present. I had the opportunity 
of dealing with an aged man who 
had been associated with them for 
a good number of years. At the time 
of our interview he was going 
through a crisis in his life when he 
needed more than just a psycholog- 
ical treatment of deception. He had 
lost his wife, and he knew that he 
would follow soon. In the course of 
the conversation, he revealed the 
fact that his father was an evan- 
gelical pastor and that he had been 
quite well acquainted with the Scrip- 
tures. What he had learned in his 
youth was coming back to him. 
When one of his Christian Science 
friends came to visit, he told him in 
my presence that the teachings of 
their cult didn't satisfy him, and he 
believed that I had the truth. 

Spiritism is very popular in 
Argentina. Their mass meetings in 
Luna Park (a place which would 
correspond to Madison Square Gar- 
den) are quite frequent. Several of 
our neighbors were faithful follow- 
ers. One refused our gospel tract 
saying that he had much more in- 
formation than could be contained 
in the pages of the tract because he 
himself was a "vidente" (one who is 
able to see into the spirit world). 

The Mormons are active through- 
out the country. In the suburb of 



Buenos Aires where we last served, 
they were constantly working. I 
don't believe I ever met Argentine 
people who themselves were active 
Mormons. Those who do the work 
are young "Americanos." They are 
always well-dressed and wear hats, 
unlike many North Americans who 
can't be bothered with such acces- 
sories. It isn't sufficient for them to 
speak with people at the door and 
leave their literature, they seek en- 
trance into the houses so that the 
people will not be distracted by what 
their neighbors might think. The 
Mormons also like to pray with the 
people before leaving; this has the 
psychological effect of helping to 
convince that the Mormons have ac- 
cess to God and are a very sincere 
people. They also have the custom 
of trying to leave a pamphlet and 
making arrangements to pick it up 
when they've finished it. Free 
courses in English are offered to 
anyone interested, and then the 
Mormons take advantage of part 
of that time to indoctrinate with 
Mormonism. Even dancing after the 
services is used to attract and win 
to Mormonism. 

Modernism has made its in- 
roads also. Several of the denomi- 
nations are honeycombed with it, 
and it becomes an increasing prob- 
lem for us who are near Buenos 
Aires. 

The cult which is one of the most 
peculiar and one of the better known 
in our area is called "La Nueva 
Iglesia Apostolica" (The New Apo- 




stolic Church). All their church 
buildings are of one style — simple 
but commodious. They have a num- 
ber of beliefs like Catholicism. This 
makes me wonder if they have not 
accommodated themselves to the 
background of that people. Their 
chief apostle is somewhat like the 
Pope. He seems to have full au- 
thority and has contact with the 
archangel Gabriel, receiving one 
message each week. This message 
is then given to the under-apostles 
who in turn proclaim it to their 
individual churches. Therefore, the 
churches receive the same message 
on any given Sunday. In this cult 
they pray for the dead, and have 
little to do with the Bible just like 
the Catholics. 

What is the sum of all this? It 
makes me think of the ants we are 
constantly fighting in our patio. 
When the geraniums or the hedges 
are being stripped by the ants, my 
wife immediately gets the ant powder 
and dusts it on their line of attack 
and all around the hole where they 
are carrying the leaves to do their 
underground farming. The next day 
they have opened up one or more 
holes and are waging war again. The 
only way to defeat these energetic 
and wise enemies is to force sulphur 
fumes to the very heart of their sub- 
terranean cities, killing the ants and 
all their progeny. 

We missionaries are waging an 
active war against the enemy Satan. 
If we think that the battle is over 
when we dust his first line of at- 
tack with a few gospel tracts, we are 
totally mistaken. It is a never-end- 
ing battle and it is one which only 
the Holy Spirit can finally win in 
individual hearts as He applies the 
truths of the Gospel to the hearts of 
men and women to bring about the 
new birth. That's where your part 
comes in. Are you praying that the 
Lord will give victory against the 
enemy in his countless lines of at- 
tack? 



January 4, 1958 



Clyde K. Landrum, Director 



Meet Etienne- 



(Final installment) 



By Miss Rosella Cochran 




Bath over, time to wash my 
clothes. It is Pauline's job to wash 
them, but I have to stick close by 
to see that she does a good job. I 
guess this one is clean. She hangs 
them out in the sun, and they are 
nice and fresh for the next time. 



Boy, do I feel good! Here I am, 
all cleaned up and dressed up in my 
mint green nylon suit that used to 
belong to one of the missionary 
children. Yes; I am the best dressed 
baby in church when I go in this out- 
fit. The Lord has been so good to 
me and I am so happy. I feel like 
singing: "Jesus loves the little chil- 
dren." 



Yes; it is true, isn't it? Jesus does 
love all the children of the world. 
Red and yellow, black (that's me) 
and white, all are precious in His 
sight. My mommy and daddy loved 
Jesus too, so I know I'll see them 
some day. 'Bye now. Maybe we will 
meet again one of these days. (Eti- 
enne is in a foster home now and 
is very happy.) 



Will You Remember? 



This is January and the begin- 
ning of a new year. And, we are be- 
ginning a special feature for the new 
year. Each month we will have a list 
of the birthdays of Junior Mission- 
aries for that month. 'We will also 
tell their ages and where they are. 
This is an opportunity for our mis- 
sionary helpers to get to know these 
Junior Missionaries better. And, it's 
an opportunity for us to pray for 
these kids on their birthdays! Don't 
forget to pray for them, missionary 
helpers!! 



Lynn Hoyt — Jan. 3, will be 10 years old — on furlough in the U. S. 
Ramona Samarin — Jan. 8, will be 5 years old — in Africa. 
Charles Churchill — Jan. 8, will be 7 years old — in Argentina. 
Arthur Burk — Jan. 10, will be 4 years old — on furlough in the U. S. 
David Hocking — Jan. 15, will be 1 year old — in Africa. 
Leandra Edmiston — Jan. 15, will be 11 years old — in Mexico. 
Jeanette Miller — Jan. 22, will be 7 years old — in Brazil. 



MARY MISSIONARY- 





TOO MUCH FOR 
, BUT 
EW year's 
S A GOOD 
ME TO DE- 
IDE WHAT 
E ARE GO/MG 
TO DO FOR 
THE LORD 



RIGHT.' - IN 1958 WE 
CERTAINLY SHOULD 
BACK 




1 AGREE, HARRY. 
WE SHOULD DO THE 
BEST JOB^VtR/ 
LET'S MAIcTE 
THIS A 




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Adventures of a Missionary Mother 



By Mrs. Wayne Beaver 



The children were all tucked in 
for the night — eight precious 
youngsters, four her own and four 
"adopteds" for whom she was 
"School Mom." She looked longing- 
ly at her own bed; it had been a 
long time since morning. But she 
turned resolutely to go over to the 
office. Work still remained on les- 
sons for the morrow. 

The daddy of this family was far 
away attending a month-long meet- 
ing of language committee — which 
was one reason it was necessary to 
"burn the midnight oil" in the of- 
fice. His third year theology stu- 
dents were keeping her "on her 
toes." Teaching a group of eager, 
questioning men was quite a dif- 
ferent task from that of teaching 
their meek, quiet wives. 

Minutes passed swiftly in interest- 
ing study. A belated glance at her 
watch showed that it was past time 
for the light plant to go out. The 
neighbors' houses were dark. She 
pulled the light and stepped out into 
the African night. How bright the 
stars were overhead — far brighter 
than the dimming flashlight she held! 
Reflecting on how fast this last 
flashlight battery had gone down, 
she stepped around to the side of 
the building to slide the window 
shutters closed. Grasping the one 
balky shutter, she gave it a vigor- 
ous shove, then jerked her hand 
back hastily! Up from the shutter 
trough bowed a long green coil. 
With heart suddenly beating a rapid 
staccato in her throat, she looked 
around for a stick or some kind of 
weapon. Nothing could she see on 
the ground, but her own bare toes 
in their open sandals. 

Breathing a prayer, "Please, Lord, 
don't let it get away," she ran for 
the house. Quickly slipping into a 
pair of oxfords and grabbing one 
of the boys' baseball bats, the first 



"weapon" her eyes fell on, she 
hastened back, praying all the way: 
"Please, Lord, let it still be there." 

The green coil was still there just 
as she had left it. All that was ex- 
posed was about eight inches. 
Where was its head? Oh, if only 
the flashlight was brighter. Try as 
she would, she couldn't get up 
enough courage to shde that shutter 
along any farther to expose the rest 
of it. So, praying; "Oh, please, Lord, 
help me to kill it," she came down 
hard on that coil, pinning it down 
with the bat. But, alas! it proved 
to be far down toward the tail and 
the rest of the ugly creature began to 
whip around behind the celloglass 
shutter. It looked at least four feet 
long! 

What to do? She couldn't kill it 
unless she hit the head. So, praying 
constantly, "Please, Lord, let me 
kill it," she let up on the bat. That 
snake whipped from behind the 
shutter like an arrow, and clung to 
the brick wall between the two win- 
dows. But it writhed and lashed 
about constantly. Oh, why couldn't 
it hold still an instant? She struck 
time and time again at that ugly head 
with its wicked little tongue dart- 
ing in and out, but every blow 
missed. Then all of a sudden it 
sprang out into the grass! She 
jumped back, held its gleaming 
green coils in the dim circle of light 
from the flashlight for an instant; 
then it was gone in the grass that 
camouflaged it so perfectly. 

Trembling all over and sick at 
heart, she turned back home. "Why, 
Lord? Why didn't You let me kill 
it?" Over and over the question 
burned in her mind. Why hadn't 
He answered her prayer? She had 
prayed in the name of His Son and 
He had promised to hear (John 14: 
13-14). Why hadn't He kept His 



promises? Mechanically she made 
the rounds, checking on the chil- 
dren, tucking in covers and smooth- 
ing out pillows. Her heart cried out: 
"Oh, Lord, please watch over and 
protect each of these little ones. 
Keep them for Thy glory!" 

Sleep wouldn't come for a long 
time. She kept seeing httle two- 
year-old Dinny playing about the 
yard, and the older ones too — they 
all ran about so heedlessly in their 
play. Finally she went to sleep on 
Phihppians 4:6-7, committing her 
little ones to Him again. 

In the morning at breakfast she 
warned the children to be careful; 
then sent the seven bigger ones off 
to school. As she left for her classes, 
she cautioned the native boy to keep 
a close eye on Danny. Descending 
the steps she breathed a prayer, as 
always, committing her little ones 
to Him while she was away from 
them. As she passed the office, she 
called to Jean, the office boy, tell- 
ing him to keep his eyes open for 
a snake. He called back: "Didn't I 
just kill it?" She hurried over. Sure 
enough, there was her "comrade" 
of the night before. The crushed 
place on his back caused by the bat 
plainly identified him. The office 
boy explained that when he had 
come to work he had opened the 
shutters on his side of the office 
and this creature had sprung out at 
him. Hsr heart cried out: "Oh, Lord, 
thank you, and please forgive me for 
doubting." 

Why hadn't God let her kill the 
snake? Because He had planned a 
better way! Oh, doubting heart, let 
this be a lesson to you. He always 
hears our prayers! He always an- 
swers! Perhaps not as we think or 
expect, but His is always the bet- 
ter way! Oh, for grace to trust Him 
more! 



January 4, 1958 



Amazon Travelog 



By Bill Burk 

(Seventh installment) 



Directing ourselves the mornin<i 
after our arrival to the Porto Velho 
hotel for breakfast, we found quite 
a large two-story building with 
highly polished tile floors but poorly 
painted walls. The federal govern- 
ment had constructed the fine hotel 
to provide a lodging place here in 
this key city in the interior of Brazil. 
We weren't, however, completely 
pleased with its service. About half 
the time the food was served cold; 
steaks were "rarer" than rare. 
(When ordered "well done," they 
came with the same red inside but 
served somewhat warmer!) The 
hotel did go one step beyond that 
of the ship's breakfast, in serving 
two bananas along with the usual 
hot milk and coffee, served together. 
and bread and butter. We slept 
aboard the ship during this week in 
port, but no meals were served 
aboard — we were the only such pas- 
sengers. The others were "travel- 
ing," whereas we were merely "tour- 
ing." Napkins were a luxury en- 
joyed only at noon; once during 
the stay of nearly a week they had 
ice cream made with Nestle's 
powdered milk. Fortunately, this ap- 
pears to be one of the very few 
places in Brazil where a man can 
eat supper without a coat! Also, we 
found the laundry service of the 
hotel — with large commercial-style 
washer, spin-dryer and ironer — 
reasonable and efficient. 

Unfortunately, however, one very 
important service lacked — that of 
running water! Since the hotel has 
no private light plant, the water 
pump runs only in the evening, 
powered by the city lights, and 
doesn't have sufficient capacity to 
fill the hotel tank. This is only the 
second Brazilian hotel I've seen 
without a generator. Even the Breth- 
ren mission station in Icoraci has 
both an electric generator and a 
much more satisfactory (consider- 
ing local electrical irregularities) gas- 



oline-driven water pump. Incidental- 
ly, the hotel pump is not provided 
for pumping the water from a well 
(as at Icoraci), but from the public 
water mains! 

Down the steps of the hotel and 
then across the street is a public 
park in honor of the Brazilian In- 
dependence. At the head of the pool 
in the park is a 25-foot brick pil- 
lar with patriotic statements on each 
of the four sides. The pool is in- 
deed an unusual tourist attraction. 
When we walked up the first time, 
I heard an old fellow (whom I 
thought to be odd also!) tell a young 
boy not to stand too near the edge 
lest the crocodile eat him like he ate 
that dog! "What a story to tell a 
boy about an innocent fish pond," 
I thought. Later I saw some girls on 
their way home from school stop 
and look at the pond as if they were 
waiting for something. "We're wait- 
ing to see the crocodile," they said! 
I was deciding that everyone in 
Porto Velho had teamed up to pull 
my leg, when out of the water came 
the snout and two vicious eyes of 
the six-foot croc! Was 1 surprised. 
Stateside he would be all prisoned 
up in some zoo, but here he was free 
to wander at will through the park — 
as they say he does at night! Asking 
around, I learned that it was true 
that he had eaten dogs that came 
too near the bank, and that the 
town fathers put him here to keep 
the boys from swimming in the pond. 

We found that walking the paved 
streets of the business district was a 
bit difficult for the youngsters. The 
difficulty was that the cobblestones 
weren't cobbled! Rocks had merely 
been broken from the quarry and 
cemented into place in the street 
with the "flattest" side up. The re- 
sult was a very rough street which 
should offer excellent traction dur- 
ing an Indiana winter. Without a 
doubt, however, the streets of Porto 
Velho which are thus paved are 



far better than the dust or mud of 
the unpaved streets. The cars and 
taxis of the place almost exclu- 
sively are the $6,500 Brazilian-as- 
sembled stateside Jeeps. The cab- 
drivers told me that this car is the 
only practical automobile in the 
muddy winter because of its con- 
stantly-used four-wheel drive. 

At the week's end the open-air 
market was really booming. It ap- 
peared that the merchants were 
spending those valuable shopping 
days right there, having brought 
along their hammocks, babies, 
pooches, charcoal stoves and tin 
cans for boiling coffee. One fellow 
had the most thriving business of 
making sugar-cane juice that I had 
ever seen, cutting the ends off a 
slightly-cleaned stalk of cane and 
grinding it through the hand-cranked 
mill to gain a glassful of juice for the 
waiting customer. Another had just 
unloaded an ox-cart of turtles, big 
fellows about 20 inches in diameter. 
I'm told that these tartarugas can 
live three months without food if 
merely a bucket of water is thrown 
over them once daily! Another cart 
was arriving with its load of big 
fish, each one probably weighing 
between 50 and 100 pounds. 

In this municipality of 22,000 
souls (about half the population of 
the Territory of Rondonia), it ap- 
pears that the Southern Baptist 
Church and the Assembly of God 
work quite well together. They have 
active churches with street meet- 
ings, women's groups and a new 
work being started in a nearby leper 
colony. We attended one of the 
meetings at the Baptist church. Al- 
though it was begun years ago by 
an American, its present pastor is 
a national who appears to be doing 
a good piece of hard work in Porto 
Velho. 

(To be continued) 



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By Foster R. Tresise 



God's Heavenly Reminder 



"I do set my bow in the cloud, 
and it shall be for a token of a cove- 
nant between me and the earth. And 
it shall come to pass, when I will 
bring a cloud over the earth, that 
the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 
and I will remember my covenant, 
which is between me and you and 
every living creature of all flesh 
. . ." (Gen. 9:13-15). 

As man in his individuality views 
the things of this life, regardless of 
nature or character, the differences 
in the impressions made are as 
varied as the personalities involved. 
In Hawaii we find that character- 
istic as prevalent as elsewhere. 

The tourist seemingly looks upon 
Hawaii as a place where inhibi- 
tions are at a minimum, and so he 
loses himself for a short season in 
a carefree life. To the lover, Hawaii 
is a veritable enchanted isle of blue 
water, moonlit nights and swaying 
palms. But to servicemen generally, 
Hawaii is nothing short of a place of 
penal confinement where they dif- 
ferently, or indifferently, perform 
their duties anxiously looking for- 
ward to the day of discharge, and 
home. 

However, there are others who 
view the sights of the Islands 
through different colored glasses. 
They see people for the large part 
steeped in sin, without Christ and 
without hope. These people possess 
as fine a culture as can be found any- 
where, and it makes the heart of the 
one who is yielded to Christ long 
to see them won for the Lord. This 
is the vision which has captured our 
attention while others have been 
blinded by the vision of beauty, re- 
laxation or recreation. Now, how 
shall we accomplish that for which 
the Lord has called us? 

There is yet another sight which 
has greeted our eyes more in Hawaii 
than anywhere else, the spiritual 
truth of which has been emphasized 
over and over again. This is the 
faithfulness of God in the promise 
of the bow in the sky. This was first 
drawn to our attention as we came 
into the airport in May of 1953. 



Upon chancing to look down, there 
to our surprise we saw the shadow 
of our plane on the clouds, com- 
pletely encircled with a rainbow. 
Again, the thing of natural beauty 
which captured my attention upon 
landing, making the greatest im- 
pression upon my mind, was a beau- 
tiful bow in the sky as we looked 
away to the mountain. 

God again impressed this upon 
my mind one evening as I was on 
my way home from work. It was im- 
mediately following a shower, and 
as I looked away to the hills I saw 
the side of one hill completely en- 
shrouded with a misty blanket bear- 
ing the deep colors of God's bow. 
To me it is a constant reminder of 
God's faithfulness, and we have al- 
ways found Him so. 

Is not this as it should be? God 
says: "For God, who commanded 
the light to shine out of darkness, 
hath shined in our hearts, to give 
the light of the knowledge of the 
glory of God in the face of Jesus 
Christ. But we have this treasure in 
earthen vessels, that the excellency 
of the power may be of God, and 
not of us." Time after time our Lord 
has brought us to the place of re- 
membering that our vessels are but 
of clay, and even at this writing we 
are standing in the place of being 
broken and marred, but we see be- 




"A veritable enchanted isle" 



yond this — that the excellency of 
the power may be of God, and not 
of us. Troubles, perplexities or even 
persecution may come, but we are 
not distressed nor in despair, for 
we are not forsaken. We can say 
to the glory of God that aU that has 
been accomphshed has been only 
because of His faithfulness. 

God said: ". . . the bow shall be 
in the cloud . . . that I may remem- 
ber . . ." And God is faithful. 

Many times we are prone to look 
only upon those blessings which are 
physical or most evident to the sight 
as indications of God's presence. 
But God has been most faithful be- 
hind the scenes and in ways not 
readily evident to all, as well. 

For every man on the field in the 
service of our country, it requires a 
number at home to supply his need 
and to strengthen his arms. Thus it 
is so, as well, in the service of our 
Lord. Until a work becomes in- 
digenous, it can prosper only as 
those at home are faithful, under 
God, in upholding that work and 
supplying the need. We in Hawaii 
have marveled many times at the 
faithfulness of God in this respect, 
in that He has raised up those at 
home to support the work of the 
field. No work can prosper without 
the directing hand of God working 
through His people. 

In the early days following our 
coming to the field, one of our pas- 
tors encouraged our home church 
to take upon themselves a monthly 
contribution toward our rent. This 
they did. And now, as of this past 
August, our foreign board has as- 
sumed for one year the obligation 
of our support above that contrib- 
uted by the church. Another wit- 
ness to the faithfulness of our God! 

Oh, beloved, our faithfulness, 
whether on the part of the mission- 
ary or those at home, is only because 
of Him who displays this charac- 
teristic of His in the bow in the sky. 
As He is faithful who has called us, 
may we be faithful to Him in that 
which He has committed to our 
trust! 



January 4, 1958 




Round -Up of 



^OTdrld-Wide 



RELIGIOUS NEWS REPORTS 



WASHINGTON, D. C. Alle- 
gheny Airlines became the fifth 
U.S. air carrier to file a tariff with 
the Civil Aeronautics Board pro- 
viding reduced fares for clergymen. 
The reduction will amount to 50 
percent of the first-class fare for all 
points on the Allegheny system, 
which serves cities in West Virginia, 
Pennsylvania, New York and New 
Jersey, with its main terminal at 
Washington, D. C. (Other airlines 
which have granted special clergy 
fares are: Northeast Airlines, Cen- 
tral Airlines, Bonanza Airlines in 
Nevada, and Cordova Airlines in 
Alaska.) 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGEN- 
TINA. The Reverend Oswald J. 
Smith, of Toronto, Canada, is 
preaching in Buenos Aires after 
conducting three crusades in Brazil 
and one in Uruguay. There was a 
total attendance of 66,000 in the 
first four crusades, with 1,171 
making first-time "decisions for 
Christ." Crowds at Buenos Aires are 
the biggest yet, averaging 15,000 
each night and 25,000 on Sundays. 
Over 300 step out to make "first- 
time decisions" every night. Dr. 
Smith writes: "The Buenos Aires 
Campaign is the greatest movement 
of the Spirit of God that I have wit- 
nessed in the 50 years of my minis- 
try." 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Evan- 
gehst Billy Graham dedicated a new 
headquarters building of his evan- 
gelistic association "to the glory of 
God." The $200,000 building was 
formerly used for Standard Oil Com- 
pany offices. The evangelist said he 
was turning over responsibility for 
the business end of his association 
to an expanded board of trustees, 
of which he will no longer serve as 
chairman. The board will be in- 
creased from five to twenty men, in- 
cluding leading accountants, law- 
yers, bankers and insurance execu- 
tives representing several denomi- 
nations, Mr. Graham said. "I want 
to give my time solely to my preach- 
ing and ministry," he added. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. A three- 
cent stamp honoring religious lib- 



erty, which the Post Office will issue 
December 27, has the Bible as its 
central design. Postmaster General 
Arthur E. Summsrfield said the 
Bible in the design "bespeaks the 
everlasting truth." Next to the Bible 
is a Pilgrim-style hat which he said 
is "symbolic of the people and the 
times." An inkwell and quill pen 
beside the Bible symbolize "men's 
determination to speak the truth 
through the written Word." The 
stamp, which will commemorate the 
300th anniversary of the Flushing 
Remonstrance, will go on sale at 
Flushing, N. Y., December 27. 

ATLANTA, GA. The Great 
Commission Gospel Association, a 
Protestant evangelistic group, filed 
an application with the Federal 
Communications Commission for a 
500-watt standard radio station to 
operate in daytime hours. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Fed- 
eral Communications Commission 
granted a license to the Union Theo- 
logical Seminary, cf Richmond, Va., 
a Presbyterian school, for a non- 
commercial educational FM broad- 
casting station. The station will be 
used to train ministsrs in the tech- 
niques of radio evangelism. 

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. The 
Good Government Committee won 
the recent election for a board of 
directors to run the city government. 
Six of the seven members elected 
are active church members — a 
Roman Catholic, a Methodist, a 
Presbyterian, a member of the 
Christian Church, and two Baptists 
including a member of The Gid- 
eons, International. The election 
marked the start of a new city man- 
agement plan. The board will name 
one of its members as mayor and 
will hire a professional city manager 
to operate the city government. Dur- 
ing the election campaign, the six 
candidates denied they were inte- 
grationists but claimed to be "real 
independents." The seventh member 
elected is a pro-segregationist. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Church 
construction totaled $80,000,000 
in October, a new record for the 



month, the Departments of Com- 
merce and Labor reported. Building 
activity by churches in the first ten 
months of this year amounted to 
$716,000,000— an increase of 15 
percent over the same period in 
1956. 

ALBANY, N. Y. The voters of 
New York approved a constitutional 
amendment which legalizes bingo 
games operated by religious, chari- 
table, fraternal and similar non- 
profit groups. Each city, town and 
village will be permitted to decide 
whether bingo shall be legal with- 
in its boundary; however, New York 
is the ninth state to legalize bingo 
and similar games of chance. 

WORCESTER, MASS. There's 
been quite a bit of coughing in 
church lately, and it tends to dis- 
turb the service, so the Rev. Ken- 
neth E. Bath, of Greendale Peo- 
ple's Church has come up with a so- 
lution. He placed an announcement 
in the church bulletin, saying: "In 
accordance with our policy of try- 
ing to anticipate your needs, our 
ushers are prepared to give you 
relief for that irritated throat which 
may come on you suddenly in 
church and make you cough. Just 
indicate your need to an usher, and 
he'll give you individually-packaged 
cough drops." 

MIAMI, FLA. The Gideons, In- 
ternational dedicated 100,000 Bibles 
at a service in Miami before placing 
them in more than 500 south Florida 
hotels and motels. It was the largest 
number of Bibles ever given away by 
the organization in a single area at 
one time. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Fifty- 
five percent of adult Minnesotans 
questioned in a Minnesota Poll sur- 
vey said they say grace in their 
homes at mealtime quite regularly. 
Twenty-four percent said they say 
grace occasionally, 19 percent said 
"hardly ever," and two percent said 
they never say grace. More Roman 
Catholics than Protestants (68 per- 
cent to 5 1 percent) said that grace is 
a regular procedure in their homes. 

NEW YORK. Dr. Frank W. 
Price, director of the Missionary 
Research Library maintained by the 
National Council of Churches, re- 
ports that 26,379,142 copies of the 
Bible were distributed throughout 
the world last year. This included 
the Old and New Testaments and 
portions of various sizes. This figure 
's almost one million more than were 
distributed or sold in 1955. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Need of the Hour 



LUKE 18:1 



Twice in the Gospel of Luke do 
we find Christ emphasizing the great 
importance of earnest, persistent 
prayer. The first one of these pas- 
sages is found in Luke 1 1 , where the 
disciples asked the Lord to teach 
them to pray. In Luke 18:1-8 the 
Lord again taught the importance of 
prayer by parable, telling His au- 
dience that "men ought always to 
pray and not to faint." Our Lord 
placed a tremendous value upon 
prayer, so much so that He said: 
"Men ought always fo pray." 

Prayer had a very definite place 
in the earthly life of our blessed Sav- 
iour. He who said "All power lis 
given unto me in heaven and in 
earth" went apart for the entire 
night to pray that He might have 
power with God. He who healed the 
sick and raised again the dead spent 
hours in intimate fellowship with His 
Heavenly Father that He might 
carry on His earthly ministry. His 
admonition was "Ask and ye shall 
receive!" and throughout His earth- 
ly ministry He demonstrated the 
truth of this statement. 

However, Christ was not the only 
One who lived and served by this 
principle, for we find the disciples 
in the early church prayed much; 
and as a result God wrought great 
miracles, and accomplished mighty 
works through their prayers. Pente- 
cost came after a season of earnest 
praying and definite heart-searching 
on the part of those early believers. 
Those early Christians tarried in the 
upper room awaiting the fulfillment 
of their Lord's promise, and in due 
time it came. Immediately Peter, 
filled with the Holy Spirit, rose to 
his feet, preached the crucified and 
risen Saviour, and a large multitude 
believed. Of these Luke says in Acts 
2 that "they continued steadfastly 
. . . in prayer." The fact that the 
church so continued is verified by 
the incident of Peter's arrest and im- 
prisonment (see Acts 12). "But 
prayer was made without ceasing 
of the church unto God for him." 
'We know what happened. The 
miraculous deliverance of Peter 
came as a direct result of the "un- 




By Henry Rempel 

Pastor, Norwalk Brethren Church 

Norwalk, Calif. 

ceasing prayers" made by the 
church. 

Time would fail us on this occa- 
sion, to trace fully the rapid growth 
and wideispread influence of the 
early church, because its members 
prayed "without ceasing." Through- 
out the entire history of the church, 
we find that she grew when she 
prayed, and she fainted when she 
did not pray. 

It is small wonder that Christ in- 
stilled within the hearts of His first 
followers the need of persistent 
prayer by telling them that "men 
ought always to pray." But where 
lies the trouble today? Has prayer 
lost its efficacy? Is God's ear heavy 
and His hand shortened that He can- 
not help any more? Why is the work 
of the church waning? Why is it that 
hundreds of churches are closing 
their doors every year? Why is it 
that the church apparently has no 
power? Is it because of a lack of 
machinery? Haven't we thousands of 
beautiful edifices in the world today 
with good Sunday schools, young 
people's organizations, women's 
missionary societies, men's brother- 
hoods. Haven't we robed choirs, 
paid quartets, pipe organs, string 
orchestras, brass bands, stained 
glass windows, carpeted floors, up- 
holstered seats, gymnasiums, and 
well equipped kitchens? Yes; we 
have all these, and other things 
more; but without the power of 
prayer, no church can go forward. 



Why is it that in many churches 
today we hear nothing of revivals 
any more? Why is it that so many 
church members live defeated lives? 
Why are there so few soul-winners 
going out to reach the lost for 
Christ? There can be only one an- 
swer, the cSiurch of today is not a 
praying clierch. Why have so many 
ministers nothing to preach about? 
Why do so many church members 
run to places of worldly amuse- 
ments instead of going to church? 
We could multiply such and simi- 
lar questions many times over and 
all these could be answered in sev- 
eral words; namely, we have too 
little prayer. Is it true then that 
church people are not praying any 
more? Not altogether, for the ma- 
chinery is still there. Churches still 
observe "days of prayer" and an- 
nual "weeks of prayer," speakers 
talk about prayer, and on these oc- 
casions people mutter words, and 
repeat prayers, but the real art of 
praying is practically lost, and that 
not only among the laity, but also 
among the clergy. "Having the form 
of godliness, but denying the power 
thereof" (II Tim. 3:5). By all ob- 
servations this matter is directly pro- 
portional. Much prayer — much 
power; little prayer — little power; 
no prayer — no power. In many 
churches the prayer-meeting, which 
should be the powerhouse of the 
church, has been relegated to the 
scrap heap. In the average church 
today there is a great deal of feast- 
ing, but no fasting; much time is 
spent in playing and so little in 
praying. 

In view of all this, what then is 
the great need of the present hour? 
The need of the hour is "back to 
prayer!" Men and women, boys and 
girls, clergy and laity, all alike need 
to go back on their knees in earnest 
fervent prayer, and God will hear 
and things will happen. Let us offer 
some reasons why men ought always 
to pray and not to faint. 

Men ought always to pray be- 
cause of the great need throughout 
the church. The church is in greater 

(Continued on page 15) 



January 4, 1958 



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The Church 
in Germany 



The year 1958 marks the 250th anniversary of The Brethren 
Church. Recently William Male, pastor of 'the First BretUien 
Church, of Philadelphia, brought to the attention of the editor a 
small booklet entitled: "Ecclesianthem. or A Song of the Brethren." 
by James Y. Heckler, and printed in 1883. It is not possible 
to reprint the entire poem: yet portions of definite interest to 
Brethren in the United States is herewith presented. It will run 
in a series under the following titles: "The Church in Germany." 
(2) "A Storm on the Ocean," (3) "The Brethren in America." — 
Editor.) 




Eder River: Site of first Brethren haptism in 1708 



Nor were tliere a few at Schwartzenau only, 
Converted to Christ to abide in His Word, 
Who entered int' covenant relations with Jesus, 
And who were baptized when the truth they had heard. 
But others who heard of the Brethren came also. 
And when they from country to country were driven. 
They came and repented, obeying the Gospel, 
Receiving the promise the Saviour has given. 
Remission of sins, and the gift of the spirit 
To lead in all that is true, and the hope 
Of glory eternal, and life everlasting. 
The saints are in light, to the light they look up. 
And as they from country to country were driven. 
They organized churches in countries abroad. 
Besides the said Schwartzenau church, one at Creyfeld 
Was founded, and members were added to the glory of 

God. 
At Marionborn also, a church was estabhshed, 
And Naas was a preacher, a man of some note, 
Who labored in earnest but suffered severely 
In trying the cause of the Lord to promote. 
Besides him were preachers, exhorters or deacons, 
Whose names are recorded on history's page:* 



*During the first seven years the following brethren 
were called to the ministry: Alexander Mack, who was 
a minister already among the Pietists, became their 
bishop or elder. The next were John Henry Kalkleser, 
Christian Liebe, Abraham Duboy, John Naas, Peter 
Becker, and several others whose names are not given. 
Afterward were added John Henry Trout, Henry Hol- 
sapple, Stephen Koch, George Balser Gansz, Michael 
Eckerlin and several Trouts whose full names are 
not given. 



In history modern, the Dunkards are mentioned 

As Christian believers, the best of this age. 

But Envy in Germany scattered their members — 

To Friesland in Holland were some of them driven, 

And some of them also were driven to Creyfeld — • 

They sought in full earnest the kingdom of heaven, 

Though Creyfeld was then in the Prussian dominion. 

The king gave protection for only a while. 

The Palatinate by the clergy was regnant. 

And Brethren therefrom were all banished with guile. 

Though scattered abroad they remembered each other, 

And helped one another their burdens to bear: 

Ten preachers or more, and their elders and deacons. 

And officers plenty the church had out there. 

In bond and imprisonments often they suffered. 

But then were released by the payment of fines; 

And thus were reduced until poverty seized them. 

And indigence pinched them to limited lines; 

For some were imprisoned some weeks or months only, 

But others were incarcerated for several years: 

And one* at a galley three years had to labor, 

In sorrow and suffering, in hopes and in fears. 

The Ground-searcliing Questions by Eberhard Gruber** 

Well answered by Brethren with wisdom profound, 
Were cunningly made to entangle the Brethren, 



*Christian Liebe, the most eloquent of all their preach- 
ers. 

**There were thirty-nine cunningly devised, written 
questions put to the church. 



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Birthplace of the Brethren Church in 1708 
Schwarzenau, Germany 



To find in their answers some doctrine unsound; 
Or thinking perhaps they could find an occasion 
The Brethren of railing or crime to accuse, 
And thence they by legal proceedings could venture 
The same to arrest and on trial abuse. 
Two decades of years they endured persecution 
In Germany under the bigoted priests. 
Although they were driven from country to country, 
They preached the pure Word, and they held their love- 
feasts. 
They often assembled quite early for worship. 
And held their communions and meetings at night. 
Because of oppression they met in the morning, 
And held their assemblies before it was light. 
In outer seclusions and private apartments 
The Brethren assembled to worship the Lord, 
Not always however in secret seclusions, 
Sometimes they had freedom to publish the Word. 
Repentance and faith was the cardinal doctrine. 
Then followed in order the other commands. 
Observing all things as the Lord has directed 
By taking the literal Word as it stands. 
They tried in all practice to follow the Saviour, 
To keep in His Word and to walk in His way; 
So did the apostles and brethren for ages, 
They took the good Word and thsy tried to obey; 
So did the Novatians and all the Cathari, 
In discipline strict, in communion close, 
They tried to obey all the Saviour's commandments. 
And they the backsliders did strongly oppose; 
So did the Waldensians in the Dark Ages, 
Who lived in the valleys of Piedmont alone, 
For centuries after, in all persecution. 
They tried to be faithful so far as is known; 



And so did the Brethren who followed the Saviour, 

As all the Cathari before them had done. 

Their standard they raised by the hght of the Gospel, 

They fought the good fight, and the victory won. 

But when persecution and much tribulation. 

And poverty' suff'ring, affliction and want. 

Continually wearied their lives and their patience 

With hardships and trials their faith to confront, 

A considerable number with Mack* for their leader. 

Already in moving and making a start. 

Concluded to follow the counsel of Becker, 

And from the retreats of oppression depart. 

To flee from the land where the Dragon was raging 

In fury and malice to swallow the child 

Which lately was bom, to a land on the other 

Side of the ocean, a land which but lately was wild, 

A land that is washed by the Delaware's waters, 

A land that is free to the worship of God, 

For all the oppressed of the priest-ridden nations. 

Who fled in retreat from the sway of the rod. 

But great was the distance and long was the journey 

To the country whence Becker and others had fled, 

A decade of years before them already. 

And many oppressed thereunto were led. 

It was an asylum of peace for the Brethren, 

Not far from the "City of Brotherly Love," 

Its government founded by Penn the reformer, 

Was fed with the dews from the Eden above. 



*Alexander Mack was the owner of valuable mill 
property and extensive vineyards, but he was so kind to 
his brethren that he paid their fines and assisted them 
until he was poor. He died in Germantown, Pa., on the 
19th of January, 1735; aged 56 years. 



January 4, 1958 



13 



ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS IN 



Personal Evangelism 



By Evangelist Dean Fetterhoff 



(Article II) 

Personal soul-winning is the key 
to world evangelization. The need 
of the church has never been bet- 
ter methods but always more dedi- 
cated men. However, there are some 
essentials which any Christian must 
possess if he is to be a successful 
soul-winner. 

A Genuine Burden for the Lost 

No matter how highly educated 
one may be or how great may be his 
knowledge of the Word of God, no 
one has ever been a successful win- 
ner of souls without a deep passion 
for the souls of men. This is the im- 
pelling force which makes a real 
soul-winner. I have often noticed 
in evangelistic meetings that those 
who do more in reaching the lost 
than any others are generally those 
who have not been saved long them- 
selves but have a deep love for their 
new-found Lord and their hearts are 
"on fire" to win their lost friends to 
Christ. 

Dear reader, if you are a new 
Christian, do not think you have 
to wait until you know everything 
about the Bible to win souls. If you 
know Christ has saved you and you 
know John 3:16, that is enough to 
start! I have seen God bless the 
testimony of a babe in Christ when 
his Scripture references have been 
misquoted and mixed up, because 
they have come from a heart that 
loves Christ and longs to see others 
know Him. Do not misunderstand 
me on this point. God will bless you 
and use you in your spiritual in- 
fancy and lack of knowledge of His 
Word, but God will not continue to 
bless and use you when you could 
and should have known His Word 
and failed to do so. God may bless 
and use the testimony of one who 



has not had the privilege to learn 
the Bible, but He will not use one 
who has had the privilege to learn 
and doesn't take it! 

A Knowledge of lh2 Word of God 

Dr. Walter Wilson once said: 
"Nothing will do the work of God 
except the Word of God."' No one 
is ever saved without hearing some 
portion of God's Word; therefore 
it is essential that we saturate our 
hearts and minds with this life-giving 
Word. God promises that His Word, 
not ours, will not return unto Him 
void (Isa. 55:11). How often has 
some verse of Scripture stuck in 
the heart of a sinner from which he 
could not get away until he sur- 
rendered to the Saviour. Although 
the world has unlocked the power 
of the atom, the same God whose 
Word brought the atom into exist- 
ence has given us His written Word 
to bring about spiritual atomic ex- 
plosions in the hearts of men. No 
amount of study of theological 
books or no amount of study about 
the Bible can substitute for a mind 
and heart filled with the Word of 
God when it comes to wirming souls. 
Read it, memorize it, meditate upon 
it, use it! 

A Spirit-filled Life 

God has not called us to do the 
work of soul-winning alone. In fact, 
to try to do so is to fail. It is only 
as the Holy Spirit fills our lives that 
we can be used of God. We might 
as well try to break rocks with a 
rubber hammer as to try to win souls 
without the filling, anointing power 
of the Holy Spirit. Paul said: "For 
our gospel came not unto you in 
word only, but also in power, and 
in the Holy Ghost, and in much as- 
surance" (I Thess. 1:5). It is only 
as our testimony is accomplished by 
the power of the Holy Spirit that it 



brings "much assurance" in the 
heart of the sinner — words alone 
will never do. If you want to be a 
soul-winner, you must know what 
it is to die to every desire of self 
and seek above all else to be con- 
trolled, filled and empowered by the 
blessed Spirit of God. 

A Clean Life 

It goes without saying that one 
who really wants to be a soul-win- 
ner will demonstrate a clean, con- 
sistent life for Christ. I have never 
known a hypocrite to be a soul- 
winner. It is absolutely impossible 
to be a little shady in business deals, 
to "go along with the crowd" in 
their shady jokes and foul deeds, and 
still be used of God. If your life and 
lips testify for Christ on Sunday but 
for the Devil during the rest of the 
week, you might as well forget 
about winning souls or doing any- 
thing else for God! You are more of 
a hindrance than a help to the work 
of the Lord. 

Commonsense 

It is indeed strange how many 
people who use good, commonsense 
in every realm of their lives, seem 
to forget all about it when it comes 
to soul-winning. I have seen mis- 
guided zeal (I didn't say too much 
zeal — you can't have too much!) 
drive souls away from Jesus Christ 
rather than drawing them to Him. 
For example, I have known those 
who would keep a family in the liv- 
ing room talking to them about 
Christ when very obviously the fam- 
ily's mind was in the kitchen on the 
supper getting cold. There may be 
occasions when the Holy Spirit will 
lead in such testimony, but it will 
surely be rare indeed. The Lord gave 
us commonsense to use; don't leave 
it at home when you go out to reach 
the lost. 



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Persistence 

Although I have just spoken 
about tact and commonsense in soul- 
winning, most of us have more tact 
than boldness for Christ. My own 
trouble has never been saying too 
httle. Many of us have so much tact 
that we never make contact. How 
we need boldness and persistence in 
winning souls! Some of the strongest 
Christians today were once the most 
belligerent and antagonistic to the 
Gospel. You and I may be rebuked, 
laughsd at and even physically 
harmed when we present the Gospel 
to a soul who hears it for the first 
time, but persistence will win. The 
old axiom, "If at first you don't suc- 
ceed, try, try again," was never 
better applied than in soul-winning. 
It is not the individual who gets all 
stirred up in the middle of a revival 
meeting and then "cools off" who 
is the greatest soul-winner, but the 
individual who day after day 
watches, under the leadership of the 
Spirit, for opportunities to witness 
for His Lord. 

These are a few of the essentials 
which must characterize the life of 
a successful soul-winner. Without 
any of these you are doomed to 
failure. Oh, child of God, let us set 
aside all else in this life to give 
ourselves wholly to the task of soul- 
winning. Surely we live in the clos- 
ing hours of human history; surely 
"the coming of the Lord draweth 
nigh." In the hour of His appearing 
many of the things which we have 
counted so important will be as in- 
significant as chaff before the wind. 
Oh God, awaken us, break us, fill 
us until we see ourselves and the 
souls of lost men in the light of eter- 
nity and make us, oh, make us 
above all else, wirmers of the souls 
of men! 



THE NEED OF THE HOUR 

(Continued from page 11) 

need today for prayer than ever be- 
fore. We have, at least in part, por- 
trayed the present condition of the 
church. It is apparent that the church 
has lost her power and her influ- 
ence in the world. It is no wonder 



the church is failing in her mission in 
saving the lost at home and abroad. 
When Christians cease to pray, they 
immediately lose their vision for 
soul-winning. As soon as soul-win- 
ning ceases the purpose of the church 
is defeated. Perhaps the fault lies 
in the home, for if there be no prayer 
in the Christian home, there will 
be no prayer in the church. The 
need for prayer in the home is great 
in this day. Why are there so many 
broken homes? Why is there so little 
real interest in the average home for 
the things of God and the church? 
The reason for this is simple, there 
is too little prayer in the home. In 
many of our Christian homes to- 
day we find the familiar motto, 
"Prayer Changes Things," but how 
many people actually believe that? 
In many instances we might well 
reverse the order of those words and 
say, "Things Change Prayer," and 
it would be appropriate for that 
home. How great the need is for 
fathers and mothers and boys and 
girls to go back to prayer in the 
home. 

Paul tells the church to pray for 
those in "authority." Men ought al- 
ways to pray for those who guide 
their ship of state, for great and per- 
plexing are the problems they have 
to face. Here in America we still en- 
joy freedom of speech and freedom 
of worship. Let Christians pray 
everywhere that God might preserve 
this heritage unto us. Only prayer 
can avail. 

Not only ought men to pray al- 
ways because of the great need of 
the present hour, but because we 
have a God who hears and answers 
prayer. Is it God's fault that so many 
churches fare so meagerly? Is it His 
fault that they have no revivals? Is 
it God's fault that Christians every- 
where manifest too little spirituality? 
No, a thousand times no. The fault 
lies in the prayerlessness of the in- 
dividual. When the son of a million- 
aire trots about in the country as a 
tramp, and begs for his daily exist- 
ence, is it the fault of his milhon- 
aire father? Neither is it God's fault 
when the churches of today are so 
impoverished, and seek to live on 
husks instead of being rich toward 
God by feasting at His table of 
plenty. Why was it that men of old, 
and even men of more recent years. 



accomplished so much for God? It 
was because those men prayed to a 
living God, who hears and gladly 
gives unto those who ask of Him. 
James said: "Ye have not because 
ye ask not" (James 4:2). There lies 
the secret of the whole matter. God 
is able; He is willing; He has prom- 
ised that He will; but men today 
will not meet the condition. God's 
ear is not heavy, nor is His arm 
shortened that He cannot help. The 
fault lies in the shortness of the 
prayer-arm. God told the prophet 
of old: "Call unto me and I will 
answer thee, and shew thee great 
and mighty things, which thou know- 
est not" (Jer. 33:3). This promise 
holds true today if men would only 
meet the requirement. 

Men ought always to pray be- 
cause of what prayer accomphshes. 
How true the words of James are 
when he says by the Holy Spirit: 
"The effectual fervent prayer of the 
righteous man availeth much" 
(James 5:16). Again we see that 
there is a condition. The praying 
man must be righteous, that is, one 
who has been made righteous 
through faith in Christ's finished 
work of redemption. The prayer 
must be effectual and fervent; then 
it will avail much. Time and again 
the prayer of Moses availed much, 
when he led out the children of Is- 
rael. Joshua was a great man of 
prayer and his prayers availed. Dan- 
iel's prayers were effective because 
he met the proper conditions. Yes; 
the prayers of J. Hudson Taylor, and 
of George Muller were effective and 
were honored by God. Regardless of 
the time, when men prayed accord- 
ing to God's formula, much was 
accomphshed for God and men. 
Whenever the church prayed, she 
went forward, but when she ceased 
to pray she fainted. Oh, that God 
might visit His own once more, 
shake them out of their lethargy and 
out of their prayerlessness, and give 
them a new vision of the effective- 
ness of prayer; then souls would be 
saved, missions would flourish, 
churches would be on fire, and the 
blessed hope of His imminent return 
would soon be realized. May we 
pray with the disciples of old, "Lord, 
teach us to pray," and grant that 
men everywhere would pray and 
faint not. 



January 4, 1958 



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GRACE SEMINARY, COLLEGE 

Pray for the final weeks of study 
during the first semester, and the 
week of examinations beginning 
Jan. 13. 

Pray for members of the facuUy, 
and especially for Dr. Paul Bauman 
and Dr. W. A. Ogden, as they tour 
the churches to tell the story of 
Grace Seminary and College. 

Pray that there will be no sin 
of unbelief or of rebellion in the 
lives of students or faculty that will 
limit God in His fullness of blessing 
upon the school. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Pray for our Christian Work- 
ers training classes being held in 
many of our churches that more 
workers will realize their need of 
training. 

Pray for the director and the 
office staff as we prepare materials 
for the coming Loyalty Campaign 
to begin with the Sunday following 
Easter and continuing for six weeks. 

Pray for the director as he con- 
tinues traveling among the churches 
to inform, instruct, and inspire our 
workers. 

WMC 

We praise the Lord that the life 
of Ruth Snyder was spared during 
the tornado and for His constant 
care of all our missionaries and the 
children on all of our Fields dur- 
ing the year. 

Pray that all the WMC members 
will have a greater interest in the 
Youth work, especially the Sister- 
hood girls. 

Pray that more Prayer Warriors 
will be able to attend the Day of 
Prayer meetings on the 15 th of the 
month. 

Pray that WMC will meet their 
goal in giving for Grace Seminary, 
Sunday School and Youth Boards 
during December, January and Feb- 
ruary. 

SMM 

Pray for the district officers of 



each district, also for their projects 
that they might be reached this 
year. 

Pray for those who write material 
for our SMM lessons that they might 
be guided to write messages that will 
help to mold the lives of each SMM 
girl. 

Pray for the new SMM groups 
that are just organizing that they 
may soon be thriving groups in 
their churches. 

LAYMEN 

Pray for the Laymen's represen- 
tative in Africa, Brother Donald 
Spangler as he operates the offset 
press and prepares Scripture for the 
natives in their language. 

Pray for our national president, 
Brother Rollin Sandy as he pre- 
pares for full-time service at Grace 
College, that his every need will 
be met. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS 

Pray for plans being made for our 
foreign-mission effort in 1958. 

Praise the Lord for 1 1 native 
African women at Bangui who have 
completed the reading of the New 
Testament during 1957. Pray for the 
200 active WMC members at this 
station. 

Praise the Lord for gains in the 
Hawaii work at Grace Chapel and 
among the children. 

Pray with the Fogies in France 
for at least 100 souls in the year 
1958. 

Pray for abundant grace for our 
missionary candidates who have 
spent long years in preparation for 
the mission field, and now must be 
told, "You may not get to go out 
this year." Only if funds are suffi- 
cient can they go! 

Pray that the Lord will use the 
radio broadcasts in Argentina, 
Mexico, and Puerto Rico to win and 
discover believers for strong mission 
points in these fields. 

Pray for health for missionaries 
at home on furlough and for those 
on the field. 




DAY OF PRAYER 
January 15 

HOME MISSIONS 

Pray for revival and growth in 
every home-mission church during 
1958. 

Praise God for the fine response 
in Kokomo, Ind., and pray the funds 
will be forthcoming to erect the 
needed building there. 

Pray for the financing of a num- 
ber of older home-mission churches 
and especially for the financial in- 
stitutions being contacted that they 
will respond favorably. 

Praise the Lord for the good 
building weather thus far in the 
areas where winter effects such 
work, and pray that the lack of 
funds may not cause any delay. 

Pray for the Spanish-American 
Mission work in Taos (N. Mex.) 
area and for the superintendent, 
Rev. Sam Horney, along with Mrs. 
Horney and Celina Mares on whose 
shoulders rests the responsibility of 
that work. 

Pray regularly for your Home 
Missions Council directors and staff 
that His will may be carried out 
in this organization for extending the 
Gospel here in America. 

YOUTH WORK 

Pray that our youth will maintain 
a consistent testimony wherever 
they are, and that they will be able 
to give a reason for the hope that 
is in them. 

Pray that the youth meet their 
project goals both in home mis- 
sions (the summer missionaries) and 
the foreign missions (the support of 
a missionary family). 

Pray for the 1958 "Spiritual 
Competition" in districts and na- 
tional contests. Pray that many of 
our young people will enter into 
this program of spiritual and intel- 
lectual development. 



The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



JANUARY 11, 1958 



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Are They Worth It? 



"1 give up! I try and I try, and 
just when 1 think that I'm getting 
some place with the young people 
a bunch of them bolt the group and 
go off with a gang to some more 
attractive activity. Especially the 
girls — they are simply crazy after 
the fellows," said one youth leader 
to a sympathetic friend. The older 
woman replied: '"I know exactly 
what you mean. I had a girl's Sun- 
day-school class, and no matter what 
I did or how much I talked they 
could only talk about the fellows. 
I couldn't take it! I had to quit." 
"Well, I'm going to call the pastor 
tomorrow and tell him to look for 
another youth leader," grumbled the 
first lady. "And I don't blame you 
one bit," encouraged her friend, "it 
just isn't worth it." 

And so the universal cry from 
our pastors is a need for leaders. We 
need leaders who will accept the 
challenge to work with the future 
church, to buy up opportunities, and 
to "teach others also," convinced 
that it is worth it. 

Ideologies of every age have 
recognized the value of youth — 
some have exploited young lives 
and turned them into beasts for self- 
ish reasons. Millions have followed 
a "cause" that challenged them. 
Each year five hundred youth travel 
from Africa to Moscow to study 
propaganda methods of commu- 
nism. They return to Africa and 
preach the "gospel" of Lenin. Yet 
many of our youth are wishy- 
washy and totally unprepared to give 
any kind of answer for the "reason 
of the hope that is within them." 
Could it be that they see only the 
passive attitude of adults? Youth de- 
mand action; and they get it — some- 
place. 



"But," you say, "I believe in the 
value of youth; 1 believe that we 
should be doing more for them. I'm 
not one who can work with them. 1 
would be willing to help by con- 
tributing toward a director of reli- 
gious education, or something." 
True, some large churches have 
found this idea to be a help. How- 
ever, don't imagine that you can buy 
off your own responsibility. 

A pastor called a special meeting 
of the youth officers and leaders for 
a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. 
We met with the boys' leaders and 
had a profitable time of discussion. 
We came to the youth officers and 
asked where their adult leaders were. 
They answered that they didn't have 
any. Do you wonder that in the time 
of discussion the complaint went 
like this: Our meetings are dull. No 
one will take part. The kids all read 
their parts and the programs aren't 
interesting. On and on they raved. 
They wanted better programs; they 
knew they weren't doing their best; 
they wanted some encouragement. 

Too long accusing fingers have 
been pointed at our youth. One 
gentleman accurately evaluated the 
present situation when he said: 
"Kids are just the same as they al- 
ways were, only the parents are dif- 
ferent." A group making a study 
of juvenile delinquency decided to 
investigate whether or not the par- 
ents knew where their children were 
at night. A phone survey was made 
after eleven p. m. and it revealed ihe 
startling fact that most of the phones 
were answered by the young people 
who had absolutely no idea where 
their parents were nor when they 
would be back. Many of the teen- 
agers were having a date with their 



"steady" and were watching TV or 
having a record hop. 

Christian teen-agers have asked 
me how they can help their Dad 
and Mother. One girl came to me 
and asked: "What can I do to help 
my parents? Every Saturday night 
they play cards. They go to the 
movies and act just like other people 
in the world. Yet they say that they 
are Christians, but they won't take 
me to Sunday school and church." 
For all who profess Christ the Bible 
says: "Ye are not your own . . ." 

In another church the pastor has 
taken over the youth group because 
the one who had been working with 
them couldn't stand the pressure of 
seeing his young people growing in 
the Lord. The youth group ex- 
perienced a revival and began drop- 
ping worldly habits and pleasures. 
But the former leader was unwill- 
ing to surrender himself; rather than 
let revival burn in his own soul, he 
resigned from his position. 

But praise the Lord there are 
brighter pictures in our Brethren 
churches. A junior in one of our 
high schools wrote triumphantly 
sharing her thrill of leading four 
teen-agers to Christ in the Youth 
for Christ Bible club. This young 
witness is president of the Bible 
club, her youth group at the church, 
and is a member of the Youth for 
Christ quiz team. (We hope she 
will be on the Brethren quiz team 
at Bethany this summer, too.) We 
are thankful for those who are 
proving Him "sufficient" in these 
days of apostasy; the Lord wants 
hundreds more. 

What can you do? Pray, pray 
for the present youth leaders, that 

(Continued on page 20) 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20. NUMBER 2 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S3. 00 a year: 100-percent churches. $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary: Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee: William Male, Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers: Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




The scene was an old log house 
on her grandfather's farm in North- 
umberland County, Pa., and the date 
was June 9, 1883, when Rose Al- 
verda Brosius made her appearance 
in the world. Three years later her 
parents went to housekeeping some 
distance from the former home; then 
when Rose was six years old, her 
parents moved to the then-prosper- 
ous mining town of Shamokin, Pa. 
There they lived until the death 
of the mother of the family six years 
later, leaving the young Rose and 
her two brothers and one sister 
motherless at an early age. The 
home was broken up and the chil- 
dren placed in the homes of rela- 
tives. Later Rose was placed in 
the home of a farmer's family, which 
meant a life of hard work. It was 
customary to rise at four a.m to do 
the milking, to work in the fields 
all day, and do much of the house- 
work in the evening, as well as to 
care for the babies. 

At the age of sixteen Rose went 
to Philadelphia to work. When she 
and the friend with whom she travel- 
ed arrived in the city, she had ex- 
actly sixty-five cents in her purse. 
Within a few days she found work 
in the home of a Jewish family. The 
following seven years of city life 
were a series of "ups" and "downs" 
— but mostly "downs." 

In her loneliness she especially 
missed her dear mother. Rose sought 
friends and found some. She had 
obtained work in a textile mill, and 
a home with a Catholic family. They 
persuaded her to attend services in 
their church. Without realizing what 
she was doing. Rose took instruc- 
tions to enter the Catholic faith. She 
was taken into the church, but 
found no peace either of heart or 
mind, and she continued to live 
in the world. 

Again came a change of homes 
and a life in an ungodly home. How- 
ever, one evening the lady of the 
house invited her to go to church 
where evangelistic meetings were 
being held. Rose came under great 
conviction, went to the altar and, as 
far as she had light, accepted the 
Lord as her Saviour. Rose always 
dates her new birth to that night 
because gradually old things passed 
away and a new life began — but 
still she knew nothing of a separated 
life. She had no assurance of her 
salvation. For a number of years 



she worked in the church to keep 
saved. 

A few years later in the home of 
a friend, this young lady met a fine, 
moral young man — not a Christian, 
though he had high standards of liv- 
ing. Rose fell desperately in love 
with him. In May 1906 they stood 
before the pastor who united their 
hearts and lives in holy matrimony, 
and they became Mr. and Mrs. 
Joseph Foster. They were poor as 
far as the things of this life were con- 
cerned, but very happy. At last for 
Rose there was someone to love and 
obey, and this brought to her a 
feeling of security. 

Years passed, and World War I 
was in full swing. The Fosters were 
both working to buy a home in the 
suburbs of Philadelphia. But sud- 
denly there came a change when 
through the testimony of a young 
woman Rose learned that salvation 
is not gained by works but by faith 
in the Lord Jesus. One evening this 
same young woman invited Rose to 
go to the Bible School of Pennsyl- 
vania where she heard the Word of 
God expounded as never before. She 
was thrilled, and when the fall term 
opened, she was enrolled as a day 
student. 

Be sure to read the final chapter 
in the life of Mrs. Foster in the 
next WMC Missionary Herald! 
There you will see, in a quick pano- 
ramic view, how the Lord led Mr. 
Foster to himself, and both the Fos- 
ters to the mission field. 

Mrs. Foster is one of our birthday 
missionaries, and also our prayer 
chairman for this year. She submits 
the prayer pointers monthly. You 
will probably hear from her again 
this year through the district chair- 
men and the Missionary Herald 
pages. 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President— Mrs. Paul Dick, 649 Berryville 

Ave., Winchester, Va. 
First Vice President (Project) — Mrs. Miles 

Taber. 314 Dorchester St., Ashland, Ohio. 
Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. 

Thomas Hammers, 6242 30th St., Seattle 

15, Wash. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 

195, Winona Lake. Ind. 
Assist.-nt Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R. 

R. 2, Osceola, Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Ches- 
ter McCall. 4580 Don Felipe Dr., Los 

Angeles. Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 2728 

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne. Ind. 
Editor — Mrs. Dayton Cundiff, Beaver City. 

Nebr. 
Prayer Chairman— Mrs. Rose Foster, 5337 

N. Front St., Philadelphia, Pa. 
Patroness o( SMM — Mrs. Lesli= Moore. 719 

Franklin St.. Sunnvsido. W"^h. 



lanuary 11, 1958 



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ARE THEY WORTH IT? 

(Continued from page 18) 

God will raise up additional leaders 
to work with and help SMM, Boys 
Clubs, youth groups; that our youth 
will grow in stature, and in wisdom, 
and in favor with God and man. All 
Christians may be good examples of 
the believers; all may encourage 
youth over the rough places of life. 

The National Youth officers ap- 
preciate what is done by our women 
with vision. Without your help our 
situation would be impossible. By 
faith we are planning programs, 
making suggestions, and initiating a 
greatly expanded program of dis- 
trict and national competition. We 
must do this on faith because we 
haven't funds to announce the 
awards. 

Nevertheless, we do rejoice. We 
rejoice and are thankful for His 
grace and exceeding great and pre- 
cious promises. We praise the Lord 
for your sensitive ear to His lead- 
ing. We humbly thank the women of 
the Missionary Council of the Breth- 
ren Church for their confidence in 
youth and their investment which 
says: "Yes! our youth are worth it." 





Our project for December, Jan- 
uary and February, centers around 
Christian education. The offering 
goal is $3,000 and will be divided 
between the youth board and the 
seminary-college, as portrayed by 
the "Christian Education" cut on 
this page. The project for the semi- 
nary and college is designated for 
library table and chair units. 

For the youth board, the money 



will be used for office rental and 
youth packets. For the Sunday- 
school board, mimeograph supplies 
and filmstrips. More detailed in- 
formation is included in the article 
in this issue by Ernest Bearinger, 
national youth director, as he 
speaks on "Are They Worth It?" 
We hope to have more information 
and some pictures in the next issue. 




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Present ?.nd future youth 

WE SAY 
THANK YOU . . . 

The Taos youth pictured here say 
"Thank you" to the ladies of the 
national WMC, for they hit the top 
and went over the goal for the home- 
mission project for the months of 
September, October and November. 

The goal is $3,000 per year on a 
three-year project. According to a 
telegram received from Mrs. McCall 
December 23, the fund had reached 
$3,275.99. 

Praise the Lord for His goodness. 
May we do as well in this quarter's 
project. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 







*Vt^--M9- 




The new year for the WMC of 
the Northern Atlantic Fellowship 
began with a fall rally which was 
held at Harrisburg, Pa. The theme 
centered on "We Are the Lord's as 
We Look Ahead." Our aim was to 
portray glimpses of the 1957-58 
monthly meetings in order to culti- 
vate enthusiasm for attendance and 
participation in each local WMC. 
Each council ably shared a part, 
either by song, skit, devotions, ob- 
ject lesson or poem to bring to life 
the monthly topics. Posters, one for 
each month, helped to implant these 
topics upon our memories. The im- 
portance of our national offerings 
and goals was cleverly discussed by 
various councils. 

In contrast our spring conference 
topic will be "We Are the Lord's 
as We Look Back." Since this is 
our 250th year and our conference 
is to be held at the very first Breth- 
ren Church (Philadelphia), we plan 
to have the hint of a centennial. To 
lend the right atmosphere, grand- 
ma's dress will be revamped for the 
occasion. By rummaging in old at- 
tics, we hope to find treasures to 
help set the scene of the past. Each 
council will give a local portrait of 
an unusual event or program which 
took place during the year. 

As we glimpse through the veil 
of the blessings of other days, we 
hope to challenge our women to 
press on with the relentless valor and 
courage of our heroic founders — 
Mrs. Lester Smitley, district pro- 
gram chairman. 

ON THIS AND THAT 

We had our district president, 
Mrs. Markley, as our guest speaker 
in September. She gave us many 
good ideas, and we especially liked 
the one of bringing a penny for each 
missionary listed in the Missionary 
Herald having a birthday that 
month. This really seems to be the 
answer to our giving a good offer- 

lanuary 11, 1958 



ing for the three birthday mission- 
aries. 

Invitations have been handed to 
each woman of the church on the 
Sunday prior to our meeting. Now 
we are going to send post cards to 
the women announcing the meet- 
ing. Starting in November we put 
a poster on the church vestibule 
bulletin board giving all the neces- 
sary information about our meet- 
ing. We want all the ladies to know 
we have WMC meetings, and that 
they are invited. We've just started 
having "secret sisters." In the past 
we have sent items to the Navajos. 
We'd like to do something for a 
work closer to home also. 

We know prayer accomplishes 
much. We each have a prayer part- 
ner and receive a different name to 
pray for at each meeting. In addi- 
tion we now have a foreign- and 
home-missionary lady to pray for. 
These stay the same for the year. 
We feel that in this way we'll have 
our eyes on the local field, home- 
mission field, and foreign field. — 
Mrs. Kenneth Sanders, president of 
Harrisburg (Pa.) Council. 

We haven't done too much as far 
as projects yet, but with God's help 
and guidance we hope to do more. 
We are planning to roll bandages, 
and read Brother Jobson's book, 
"Conquering Oubangui-Chari for 
Christ." We look forward to each 
WMC meeting, and we know the 
Lord will give each one of us many 
blessings. — Mrs. A. H. Anthony, 
vice president of Hatboro (Pa.) 
Council. 

FOR OURSELVES 

Another rich time of blessing 
and joy is our "Brethren Day of 
Prayer." We meet on the 15th in 
the church basement, bringing nee- 
dles, thread, scissors, patches of 
cloth and two or three portable sew- 
ing machines. The results are little 
kimonas, quilts, et cetera, for our 



Compiled by 
Mrs. Robert Markley 

President of Northern Atlantic 
Fellowship 

Navajo and Spanish American Mis- 
sions. Work continues "fast and 
furious" until noon, then our "sack 
lunches" are eaten and at one o'clock 
sharp we are ready to begin our 
prayer session. Men are invited to 
join us if possible. Those unable 
are urged to pray from one to two 
p. m. wherever they are. — Mrs. 
Keister, president York (Pa.) coun- 
cil. 

FOR SECRETARIES 

Just what in my job could be 
interesting to anyone other than 
another "railroader"? The Lord 
does fit into my job and I find much 
about the business world covered 
in the Bible. 

First, being a secretary isn't a 
menial task, for in II Kings 18, 
Ezra 4, Esther 3, and Acts 19 we 
find scribes or secretaries very ne- 
cessary. Jeremiah had his own sec- 
retary (Baruch) to preserve his ser- 
mons. 

Secondly, we are concerned about 
wages. Lahan and Jacob (Gen. 29: 
15) were too. We like to be paid 
promptly and to be treated fairly. 
In turn then we should be worthy 
of hire and return loyal and effi- 
cient service. Only by drawing on 
the spiritual, mental and physical 
strength supplied by the Lord can 
these requirements be met. 

The verse of my heart as a WMC 
secretary, and as stenographer in 
the business world, is II Corin- 
thians 3:3: "Forasmuch as ye are 
manifestly declared to be the epistle 
of Christ ministered by us, written 
not with ink, but with the Spirit of 
the living God; not in tables of 
stone, but in fleshy tables of the 
heart." — Miss Rena G. Bauer, 
WMC secretary, Northern Atlantic 
Fellowship. 



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From Northern 
California 

A WMC of the new Northern 
California Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches was formed at a recent 
meeting held at the LaLoma Grace 
Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 
This new district represents five 
churches: Chico, San Jose, Tracy, 
LaLoma-Modesto, McHenry-Mo- 
desto. 

The officers for this district elect- 
ed at this meeting were as follows: 
Mrs. Nelson E^ Hall, 236 W. 
Beverly PI., Tracy, Calif., president; 
Mrs. Howard Geyer, 1367 E. Lindo 
Ave., Chico, Calif., 1st vice presi- 
dent; Mrs. Paul Miller, 206 Row- 
land, Modesto, Calif., 2nd vice 
president; Mrs. Ora Skiles, Jr., R.R. 
5, Box 630, Modesto, Calif., secre- 
tary; Mrs. Curtis Willson, P.O. Box 
664, Hughson, Calif., assistant sec- 
retary; Mrs. Jack Ramey, 720 Mills 
Ave., Modesto. Calif., treasurer. 

Also, from this same area comes 
a local report from Mrs. Edith Bohn, 
publicity chairman at the LaLoma 
church: "The WMC of the LaLoma 
church started the year's work with 
a new corps of officers, all from our 
younger women. . . . We divided 
into four circles for our project 
work, and each circle meets sep- 
arately once a month, usually in 
homes. Much has been accomplished 
in this way. We were able to send 
approximately 500 quarts of canned 
fruit, some dried fruit, nuts, and 
some clothing to the Navajo Mis- 
sion. 

"We meet each month for a busi- 
ness meeting and program. One of 
the circles presents the program and 
in this way new talent has been dis- 
covered and more women take part. 

"We entertained the ladies of the 
district at a rally. . . . Evan Adams 
was the principal speaker, and told 
of their work with the Navajos." 

ArtemYADAY 



A Prayer Chairman Speaks 

By Mrs. Myra Koontz, Northern Atlantic Fellowship Prayer Chairman 




As we face a new year of en- 
deavor for Christ, and of com- 
munion with Him, our first thought 
is to praise Him for the blessings 
of the past year — blessings in wor- 
shiping the triune God for who He 
is and what He is to us, blessings re- 
ceived from fellowship in prayer 
with Him, and blessings in accept- 
ing from His hands the many an- 
swers to our petitions. Thus we are 
prepared to formulate our aims for 
the future. 

The over-all aim is that of a 
deepened, strengthened and en- 
larged prayer life on the part of 
every member of the WMC. From 
the intensifying of the prayer life 
of the individual we shall expect 
to see a corresponding change in her 
in dedication to her Lord for serv- 
ice and in her understanding of the 
Word. 

We plan to use the instruc- 
tions and helps of the national 
prayer chairman. It is our aim that 
everv council in the district should 



observe the Day of Prayer, and that 
the men of the church have a part 
in it also. We urge the use of the 
Prayer Cards as a way of remind- 
ing our women of the privilege and 
Day of Prayer service, and in the 
use of the Prayer Pointers at the 
Day of Prayer service, and in the 
individual's quiet hour as well. 

Local councils are encouraged to 
make their own plans to arouse a 
zeal for prayer on the part of their 
members; such as prayer chains, or 
prayer partners, so that they may 
deal adequately with sudden needs 
or crises in the lives of members and 
friends in the church. And surely 
the unsaved will not be forgotten. 

The district prayer chairman 
plans to circulate any prayer re- 
quests that come to her among the 
local councils. It is hoped that some 
way can be devised whereby the 
women can be informed of the an- 
swers to prayer, that their faith may 
be strengthened and their zeal en- 
larged. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH 

Africa — 

Albert W. Balzer March 1 

B.P. 10. Bossangoa via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Judith Lynn Kennedy March 16, 1953 

M'Baiki via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. C. B. Sheldon March 21 

Bossangoa via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Diana Ruth Taber March 25, 1954 

Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

B.P. 33, Bossangoa via B..nf,ui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 
Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

Remedies de Escalada 74, Rio Tercero, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina, S. A. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Bdo. de Irigoven 564, Jose Marmol, F.C.N.G.R., Argentina. S. A. 

Eisal? — 
Jaraes Melvin Zielasko March 17, 1955 

1630 Sebastiao Freitas, Capanema, Para. Brazil. 

France — 

Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

79 Chsmin de Vassieux, Caluire et Cuire, Rhone, France. 

Havs'alj — 
Rev. Foster R. Tresis? March 20 

335 Mfnie Street. Krilua, Hawaii. 

MPX3CP— 
Lorrame Edmiston March 4, 1957 

Apartado No. 36. Leon. Guanaiuato. Mexico. 

Thomas Alden Howard March 17, 1953 

406 Mary Ave., Calexico. Calif., tf.S.A. 

John Leroy Howard March 20, 1946 

406 Mary Ave.. Calexico. Calif.. U.S.A. 



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The Brethren Missiortary Herald 



Sanctified Hearts and Hands 



This last message in the series 
on "Hands and Hearts for Jesus'" 
begins with the last letter in the 
word, H-A-N-D-S. The word "sanc- 
tified" means "that which is set aside 
for a holy purpose." it includes the 
sanctification of the hands, the 
feet, the brain, the heart, the dis- 
position — the whole person, in- 
wardly and outwardly. This is mani- 
fested in service. 

There is a legend that tells of a 
dispute that arose between three 
young ladies as to which had the 
most beautiful hands. One sat by a 
crystal stream and dipped her snowy 
hands into the water and held them 
up. Another plucked strawberries 
until the ends of her tapering fing- 
ers were pink. Another gathered 
"violets until her hands were frag- 
rant. A hungry, decrepit old woman 
passed along and said: "Who will 
give me a gift, for I am very poor?" 
All three young ladies refused to give 
her any help. A poor peasant girl 
standing near — unwashed in the 
stream, unstained by the pink straw- 
berries, and unadorned with flowers 
— gave her a simple gift and cheered 
the old woman. Before she walked 
away from them, she asked the three 
young ladies who had denied her re- 
quest, what it was they were disput- 
ing about when she appeared. They 
told her, and then they lifted up their 
beautiful hands for her to decide 
which were the most beautiful. She 
said: "It is not the hand that is 
washed in the whispering brook; it 
is not the hand that is tipped with 
delicate pink; it is not the flower- 




By Rev. Arthur Cashman 

perfumed hand. It is the hand which 
gave a gift to the destitute that is the 
most beautiful." 

Not only is the sanctified life busy 
in service, but it is also characterized 
by cleanliness, or as our text says: 
"He [or she] that hath clean hands, 
and a pure heart" (Ps. 24:3-4). In 
our Scripture lessen, Paul tells us 
that believers are likened unto ves- 
sels — some gold, some silver, some 
wood, and others earthen. He points 
out that the important thing is not 
the quality of the vessel, but rather 
its cleanliness. In verse 19, the be- 
liever is instructed to "depart from 
iniquity." Then in verse 21, he says: 
"If a man therefore purge himself 
of these, he shall be a vessel unto 
honour, sanctified and meet for the 
master's use, and prepared unto 
every good work." 

In most homes there are vessels of 
many kinds setting on shelves. When 
something to drink is served, the 
earthen vessels are used because they 
are most likely clean and ready for 
use. The others are more for show 



and not often washed. However, 
when gold and silver vessels are 
used, as they were in the Temple, 
there was a refining process neces- 
sary to purge away the dross. In 
Malachi 3:2-3, we see that there 
is a similar process through which 
the Lord puts His own people, that 
they "may offer unto the Lord an 
offering in righteousness." 

Vessels of wood are formed out 
of rough timber, and must under- 
go sharp cutting of the saw, plane 
and chisel. So the Lord must shape 
our lives according to His own de- 
sign. An earthen vessel, made of 
ordinary clay, must be free from grit 
and other hard substances to be 
molded into a fit vessel. God wants 
us to be as the clay, able to take 
impressions, and yield to the pres- 
sure of His will. He must remove 
all the grit of self and pride, and 
many other hard substances that 
find their way in. Otherwise the 
vessel will be marred in the hand 
of the Potter (Jer. 18:5). After it is 
made, it is put into the furnace and 
is ready for use, either as a Sun- 
day-school teacher, a tract distribu- 
tor, a singer of spiritual songs, or a 
witness of good tidings. That is the 
way we are made "vessels unto 
honour," and are to be kept "sancti- 
fied and fit for the Master's use, 
and prepared unto every good work" 
(II Tim. 2:21). Never forget that 
sanctification and impurity, and 
sanctification and helplessness are 
contradictions. Decide now to per- 
mit God to set you aside for His 
own glory. Amen. 



January 11, 7958 



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From a 

Brazilian Heart 




(Interpreted by Mrs. J. Keith Altig) 

One night as I was resting in my 
hammock after working all day in 
the city, I heard music coming 
from somewhere. Different music it 
was, not the fast samba-type that 
usually comes from all of those 
loudspeakers around here. Even 
though 1 had stood on my feet 
nearly ten hours selling shoes and 
had ridden on a crowded bus for 
forty-five minutes, I felt drawn to 
see who was playing that music. 

It wasn't difficult to find — just 
around the corner from our house. 
There was quite a crowd gathered 
around a car with the loudspeakers 
and an American inside playing 
records. He would also say a f3w 
words now and then, inviting peo- 
ple to come to a meeting. I thought 
I might as well sit in the house vhey 
were using as a church as to read 
or rest at home. This music was 
quite different than I was accus- 
tomed to, for I had sung some for 
the "Boi Dance." (This is a typical 
Brazilian operetta-type of story in 
song and dance.) 

Although this American didn't 
speak perfect Portuguese, I noted 
how sincere he was and how much 
he used his Bible. That too was 
strange. As I sat in that rented house 
listening to a sermon for the first 
time, I thought it sounded so beauti- 
ful and easy to be a believer. Per- 
haps I should do as the missionary 
said: "Stand up and say, T accept 
Christ as my Saviour.' " Something 
seemed to compel me to do that 
while something else inside me 



seemed to argue against such an 
action. So I waited. 

Shortly afterwards, on another oc- 
casion I heard the peaceful and rest- 
ful music of the believers once more, 
and I hurried down again with a few 
of my neighbors. This time I gave 
my heart to Jesus, standing up pub- 
licly and declaring it. I have never 
been sorry. 

During the weeks that followed 
I never missed a meeting, sometimes 
walking a mile to the church in the 
home of the missionary in Icoraci. I 
had such a desire to learn more of 
the Bible that the missionary en- 
couraged me to go to his house 
every Saturday from work and study 
with him. This helped us both, his 
language study and my Bible study. 
Since I hadn't eaten dinner, the mis- 
sionary's wife often gave me some of 
theirs. I can tell you (I didn't always 
tell them) some of that American 
food I didn't like. But it helped me 
not to get too hungry until I got 
home. 

Many times I was asked to 
preach. Although at first I was quite 
timid, they seemed to think I did 
very well, so I was happy that I 
could serve the Lord. When the new 
missionary came, it was harder, for 
I preached more and still had my 
job. However, all of the mission- 
aries had tried to persuade me to 
go to Bible school. There was such 
a desire in my heart, and I prayed 
often that if the Lord would show 
me and take care of my financial 
needs, I would go. There was some 
responsibility to my parents finan- 
cially. 

Word was received that a young 
people's group in Glendale would 
pay my tuition monthly for over a 
year. I felt encouraged to go and 
trust the Lord for all things. And 
again, Lve never been sorry. 

This is my last year in Bible 
school, and 1 am ready to be the 
first Brazilian Brethren pastor. Will 
you pray that the Lord will lead me 
and use me to His glory? — Ramun- 
do Cardoso. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM 
FOR FEBRUARY 

OPENING CHORUSES— Include 
the theme chorus for the year and 
the theme verse of the year in 
unison. 

SCRIPTURE LESSON AND 
PRAYER— Seniors and Middlers 
read II Timothy 2:10-22. Juniors 
read Romans 13:8-14. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPICS— Seniors 

and Middlers study "Sanctified 
Hands and Hearts" by Rev. Ar- 
thur Cashman; Juniors study "A 
Willing Offer from a Perfect 
Heart" by Miss Gail Jones. 

SPECIAL NUMBER— This may 

be a special poem about hearts 
or Valentine's Day by one of the 
girls. 

PRAYER POEM AND PRAYER 
CIRCLE — Use requests in these 
pages and also requests from your 
own group. 

MISSIONARY TOPICS— "From a 
Brazilian Heart" by Mrs. J. Keith 
Altig is for the Seniors and Mid- 
dlers; "African Courtship and 
Marriage" by Mrs. Orville Jobson 
is for Juniors. 

DISCUSSION— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers study Chapter 6 in Teen- 
Age Etiquette by Grace Ram- 
quist. 

Close with one verse and chorus of 
the month, "Near to the Heart of 
God." 

BUSINESS MEETING- 
ROLL CALL— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers answer with verse: II Tim- 
othy 2:19. Juniors answer with 
Colossians 2:23-24. 

SMM BENEDICTION— Psalms 

145:1-2. (Suggested Bible reading 
for month of February: Seniors 
and Middlers, Ps. 85-102; Jun- 
iors, Ps. 64-77.) 



SMM OFFICIARY 

President — Marie Sackett, Winona Lake, Ind. 
(Home; 1010 Randolpti St., Waterloo. 
Iowa.) 

Vice President — Penny Rae Edenfield. R.R. 
2. Box 25S-B, Uniontown, Pa. 

General Secretary — Racliel Smithwick. Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. (Home. R.R. 1, Harrah. 
Wash.) 

Treasurer — Florence Moeller, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 

Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman, Wi- 
nona Lake. Ind. 

Editor — Jeanette Turner, Winona Lake. Ind. 
(Home: Portis, Kans.) 

Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 719 Frank- 
lin St., Sunnyside. Wash. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Wendell Kent, 
Box 656, Beaumont. Calif. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



African Courtship and Marriage 



By Mrs. Orville Jobson 



Before the missionaries went to 
French Equatorial Africa in 1921, 
the native fathers and mothers had 
never heard of courtship and mar- 
riage for their sons and daughters. 
They sold their girls as we would sell 
cattle and sheep here in America. 
These poor girls were sold while 
mere babies in their mother's arms. 
However, many times when the girl 
was thought to be old enough to 
be taken by her so-called husband, 
she refused to go, and he would take 
her by force. Oh, girls, how thank- 
ful you should be that you have 
been bom in a Christian land! 

There are chiefs living in the dif- 
ferent villages, and most of them 
have a plurality of wives so as to 
have prestige with the people. Often 
we see an old chief around fifty or 
sixty years old taking girls into his 
harem that are but twelve years 
old. 



Now since the Gospel of the Lord 
Jesus came to Africa, and the par- 
ents have become Christians, these 
dear girls have more freedom to 
choose their husbands. In one tribe 
especially where many of the par- 
ents have become Christians, you 
will see a young man asking the 
father for his daughter and paying 
him part of the dowry, and asking 
the parents to keep this girl for him. 
Then a few weeks later perhaps an- 
other young man comes along and 
asks for the hand of this same girl. 
He too pays some of the dowry, 
perhaps a goat or a sheep. Now in 
this particular tribe the father asks 
these young men to help him work 
his garden. After they have com- 
pleted the work, he calls his daugh- 
ter and asks her which one of these 
young men she would like for a hus- 
band. She chooses the one she loves; 
the father then returns the dowry to 



the other disappointed lad. The 
lucky boy continues to pay for this 
girl until the parents tell him he can 
marry her. 

How different this girl's marriage 
is than the poor little girls' chat are 
forced to go to heathen men. Usually 
our Christian girls have church wed- 
dings, and wear real pretty dresses. 
The native pastor will not marry 
a couple unless both are Christians, 
and unless they are in good standing 
in the church. 

You know, girls, the Word of God 
says "not to be unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers." If these 
young people really love the Lord, 
they will not consent to marry any- 
one who does not love the Lord 
Jesus. What a change has been 
wrought in the hearts of these dear 
girls since Jesus came into their 
hearts! 



A WrLLING OFFER FROM A PERFECT HEART 



By Miss Gail Jones 

"And whatsoever ye do, do it 
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto 
men; knowing that of the Lord ye 
shall receive the reward of the in- 
heritance: for ye serve ths Lord 
Christ" (Col. 3:23-24). 

In today's memory verse, the 
Apostle Paul tells us that whatso- 
ever we do, we should do it heartily, 
as to the Lord. That is to say, do it 
with all the heart. Anything we do 
from the heart is going to be some- 
thing which we want to do most of 
all. Something that we take great 
delight in doing. 

When the neighbor girl visits her 
girl friends and they have lots of fun, 
they are playing heartily; they are 
giving themselves to play. Many 
people today give themselves to TV; 
do you know anyone like that? 
Prayer meeting is unimportant — 
yes, they're giving themselves "heart- 



ily" to their television sets, or to 
some other god which they have sub- 
stituted for the one, true God. Such 
people are doing heartily unto the 
way of man, and of course that way 
is contrary to God's way. How sad 
this is when a Christian does such 
a thing instead of living for the Lord 
Jesus. 

Unless our service for Christ is a 
"heart" service, then it is as noth- 
ing. Remember in I Corinthians 13, 
we're told that regardless of what 
we do, unless it is done in love, it is 
as nothing. When love is the basis 
of all that we do for the Lord and 
for others, then as our memory verse 
says, we shall receive the reward of 
the inheritance. 

Remember the faithful servant, 
the promise for such a one is to 
enter into the joy of his Lord. May 
our Heavenly Father help every 
Junior SMM girl to be a "faithful 
servant." 



How can we do the work heartily 
as unto the Lord? By putting on the 
Lord Jesus Christ as we're told in 
Romans 13:14: "But put ye on the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and make not 
provision for the flesh." If we want 
to make a willing offer of our serv- 
ices, then we must first put on the 
Lord Jesus. When we first come to 
Christ for salvation, we begin right 
there to put Him on. Then as we live 
day by day for Him, by reading His 
Word and through prayer, we wit- 
ness for Him to others and live a life 
that is free from sin. These are the 
ways that we put on the Lord Jesus 
Christ. It is a literal giving of our- 
selves to Him. 

It is the Lord Jesus who cleanses 
our hearts from sin, and thus gives 
us a perfect heart in Him. Once this 
has taken place, then it is our privi- 
lege to "offer" ourselves "willingly" 
from our now perfect heart to Him 
to be used for His glory. 



lanuary 11, 1958 



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Suggested Reading 
List 



For Juniors: 

Martinko or Without God in the 
World (50 cents) — Kristina Roy. 

Polly Parrot (50 cents) — Eva 
Doerksen. 

The Leopard Man, The Wall- 
paper that Talked (50 cents each) — 
Margaret Jean Tuininga. 

Missionary Stories, Latin Ameri- 
can Stories, Uncle Al's Missionary 
Adventures in Africa (50 cents each) 
— Aunt Theresa. 

For Juniors and Middlers: 

Little Shepherds of Navajo Land, 
Boys and Girls of Zuni Town ($1 
each) — Marian M. Schooland. 

Jungle Doctor, Jungle Doctor 
Meets a Lion, Jungle Doctor's Ene- 
mies, Jungle Doctor Attacks Witch- 
craft, Jungle Doctor on Safari, 
Jungle Doctor Goes West, Jungle 
Doctor Looks for Trouble. Jungle 
Doctor and the Whirlwind, Jungle 
Doctor to the Rescue, Jungle Doctor 
Stings a Scorpion, Jungle Doctor 
Hunts Big Game, Jungle Doctor 
Operates, Jungle Doctor's Case 
Book, Eyes on the Jungle Doctor 
($1.50 each)— Paul White. 

For Seniors: 

Nineteen Missionary Stories from 
the East, Wilfred Grenfell, Labra- 
dor's Dogsled Doctor (31.50 each) 
— Basil Miller. 

Gongs in the Night ($L25), 
Farther into the Night ($2.50) — 
Mrs. Gordon H. Smkh. 

Through Gates of Splendor 
(S3.75)— Elisabeth Elliot. 

Discussion Books for Seniors: 

Youth Problems No. 1, Youth's 
Courtship Problems, Youth's Mar- 
riage Problems ($2 each) — Alfred L. 
Murray. 

It's Tough to be a Teen-ager, How 
to Get Along with Christians ($1 
each) — Robert A. Cook. 

You Have a Talent — Don't Burv 
It (S2), Elbows Off the Table 
($2.50)— Faith Coxe Bailey. 

Teen-age Etiquette ($2) — Grace 
Ramquist. 

Tips to Teen-agers (75 cents) — 
Carol Gish. 

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PRAYER POEM FOR MONTH 
OF FEBRUARY 



O LONELY HEART 



O lonely heart and sad 

Look up, look up, be glad; 
The night will soon be past. 

The morn will come at last. 
The Sorrows of thy soul 

On Christ the Saviour roll; 
His love can never fail 

No matter what assail. 



O hungry heart, be still, 

God's will can ne'er be ill 
Trust Him and thou shalt see 

His plan was best for thee. 
Thou shalt be satisfied 

No matter what betide; 
No good will He withhold, 

His love can ne'er be told. 



O aching heart, rejoice. 

It is thy Saviour's voice; 
He fills the vacancy 

And comes to sup with thee. 
He cares, thy Father cares. 

And every heartache shares; 
Take courage then and prove 

The greatness of His love. 



Prayer Requests 

Pray for your national officers as 
they endeavor to do His will in the 
work at Winona Lake. 

Pray for district officers, too, as 
they will be busy planning for win- 
ter and spring SMM rallies. 

Pray for SMM girls who are sen- 
iors in high school that as they think 
of what they will do in the next year, 
the Lord will be foremost in their 
minds. 

Pray for all the writers of next 
year's materials and lessons that 
they will be able to glorify the Lord 
with every word they write. 

Pray for Ramundo Cardoso whose 
story is given in the Seniors' and 
Middlers' missionary topic. 



SQUIBBLES 



By Jeanette Turner 



This is the month that our na- 
tional-fund offering closes. Keep 
praying and giving so we can reach 
that ST,700 goal. Don't forget that 
all the money is to be in to the na- 
tional treasurer, Florence Moeller, 
by March 10. 

The first Mexican SMM rally 
was held last fall when the Tijuana 
SMM invited the Calexico girls over 
for a meeting! Mrs. Walter Haag 
reports a total of 16 girls and 2 
patronesses present and that it was a 
time of real spiritual blessing. 

The Senior Sisterhood, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, wanted a hayride for one 
of their fall meetings. In order to 
have something a little different, 
they made it a '"Father-Daughter 
Hayride." Of course, the dads 
livened things up and everyone had 
a wonderful time. In addition the 
men became acquainted with SMM. 
Wouldn't you like to try this some- 
time? 

The Hi-College SMM, of North 
Long Beach, planned a Christmas 
party and concentrated on filling 
their missionary box. 

Surely your group has done some- 
thing different this year; why not 
write and let us know about it? Send 
a letter or a postal card to the na- 
tional editor. 

Here's an idea for your Feb- 
ruary leader or hostess. Find lots of 
verses on "love" from the Bible — 
you can look in any good concord- 
ance. Print or write them neatly on 
medium-sized hearts cut from con- 
struction paper. Then paste the 
hearts on a paper doily. These will 
make nice favors for a refreshment 
tray, or they will be good "extras" 
for the leader to use in the meet- 
ing. 



A CHRISTIAN IS: 

A mind through which Christ 

thinks, 
A heart through which Christ 

loves, 
A voice through which Christ 

speaks, 
A hand through which Christ 

helps. 

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NEWS 



COUNSELOR POST, N. MEX. 
Rev. Howard Vulgamore, principal 
and teaclier in the Brethren Navajo 
School here, suffered a serious ac- 
cidental gun wound while hunting on 
Christmas Day. Immediate bone 
surgery was necessary. Much prayer 
is needed for the healing of our 
brother. He is at present (Dec. 31) 
in St. Joseph's Hospital in Albu- 
querque, N. Mex. 

SPECIAL. Jan. 15 has been set 
aside for a national day of prayer, 
when Brethren are urged to pray 
for revival. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 

Old-Fashioned Revival Hour pro- 
gram has discontinued the public 
meeting which has been conducted 
in the Long Beach Municipal Audi- 
torium each Sunday afternoon for 
many years. The program will now 
be released from 1:00 to 1:30 p. m. 
(PST) through the ABC studios in 
Los Angeles. It is reported that 
more than 200 additional stations 
over the world will be added to 
the network. Charles E. Fuller is 
the radio minister. 

MEYERSDALE, PA. The Mey- 
ersdale Brethren Church had a fel- 
lowship dinner following the morn- 
ing service on Dec. 22 to welcome 
their new pastor, Ralph C. Hall. A 
food shower was given Pastor and 
Mrs. Hall. There were .132 present. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. 

The official board of the Grace 
Brethren Church has authorized the 
appointment of a building commit- 
tee to make initial plans for an ad- 
dition to the present church build- 
ing. Richard Burch is pastor. 

WHiTTIER, CALIF. Mr. and 



Mrs. H. M. Crawford, charter 
members of the First Brethren 
Church, celebrated their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary on Dec. 29 with an 
open house. Mrs. Ben Hamilton, of 
Winona Lake, Ind., is a daughter. 

CHANGES OF ADDRESS: Rev. 
Donald W. Famer, Box 426, Top- 
penish. Wash. The mailing address 
of the Cherry Valley Brethren 
Church, Beaumont, Calif., is: P.O. 
Box 656. Rev. Gene Farrell, 173 W. 
Mountain View Ave., Altadena, 
Calif. Rev. Victor Meyers, 907 
Dudley St., Pomona, Calif. The mail- 
ing address of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Monte Vista, Calif., is: 
9497 Del Mar Ave., Ontario, Calif. 
Emlyn H. Jones, 6834— B Helio- 
trope Ave., Bell, Calif. Phone: Lud- 
low 7-4639. Pkase change Annual. 

DAYTON, OHIO. General Wil- 
liam K. Harrison, USA (retired), 
was the guest speaker at the Pat- 
terson Park Brethren Church on 
Dec. 15. 



The BRETHREN 




MARTINSBURG, PA. Wayne 
Snider, dean of men and professor 
of history at Grace College, was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry on 
Dec. 29 at the First Brethren 
Church. 

COVINGTON, VA. Mr. and 
Mrs. C. L. Simmons, deacon and 
deaconess in the First Brethren 
Church for 21 years, were honored 
at a fellowship supper on Dec. 10. 
A gift of money was presented to 
them from the church by Earl Key, 
superintendent of the Sunday school. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in tliis column must be received for publication at least 
30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date 

Portland, Oreg Jan. 19-20 
Yakima, Wash. Jan. 22-24 
Grandview, Wash. Jan. 26-30 
Inglewood, Cahf. Feb. 2-7 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla Feb. 2-7 

Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla Feb. 10-16 



Pastor 

R. I. Humberd. 

Henry Dalke R. I. Humberd. 

Robert Griffith R. I. Humberd. 

Glenn O'Neal . . B. Schneider. 

Ralph Colbum . Harry Trover. 

Ralph Colbum . Louis T. Talbot. 




Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City. Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mr. and Mrs. Simmons are the par- 
ents of Phillip J. Simmons, pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Chico, Calif. 

COVINGTON, VA. Mason 
Cooper has accepted the pastorate 
of the First Brethren Church. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. 
Charlotte Temple Holsinger, daugh- 
ter of Elder H. R. Holsinger. author 
of the "History of the Tunkers and 
the Brethren Church," died here 
Nov. 28 at the age of 95. She was 
a sister of Mrs. E. H. (Annie) No- 
wag. 



3lumn must 




Wilma Eivins and Ear! Paul 
Davis, Drc. 20 at the Centropolis 
Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. 
Mr. Davis is the son of Rev. Paul 
Davis, Brethren minister. 

Dorla Deanne Trusty and Ronald 
B. Longbrake, Dec. 6, at the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Ruth Stroup and Jerry E. White, 
Dec. 22, at the First Brethren 
Church, Washington, D. C. 



January 11, 1958 



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OUR 250th ANNIVERSARY 



A Storm on the Ocean 



The year 1958 marks the 250th anniversai-y o£ The Bretliren 
Church. Recently William Male, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, of Philadelohia. brought to the attention of the ediior a 
small booklet entitled: "Ecclesianthem. or A Song of the Brethren." 
by James Y. Heckler, and printed in 1883. It is not possible 
to reprint the en'.ire poem; yet portions of definite interest to 
Brethren in the United States" is herewith presented. It will run 
in a series under the following titles; ( 1 ) "The Church in Germany," 
(2) "A Storm on the Ocean." (3) "The Brethren in America."- — 
Editor.) 



When Becker and others, some famihes twenty, 

Embarked in a ship from the Dragon to flee, 

They entered a vessel just saihng from Flanders, 

To cross the dark waters, the deep rolling sea: 

For great was the distance, and long was the journey 

These people religious intended to go. 

Besides, they were poor, and almost without money. 

So that they were packed in the vessel below. 

But they were contented to dwell there together 

In patient endurance, privation and want. 

Until they would land on the shores of this country. 

If God His protection and blessing would grant — 

Among the despised and abused of all nations, 

Where bigoted priests could not fetter their chains, 

Nor tyrants blood-thirsty, usurp the dominion. 

To raise persecution with penance and pains. 

Below in the ship they were seated together, 

And speaking of things appertaining to God: 

As thus they were sailing out over the ocean, 

A storm came up, spreading his pinions abroad. 

The wind in his fury blew over the vessel, 

The tempest was howling, the heavens were dark. 

The billows were foaming and rolling like mountains. 

The Brethren were seated below in the bark. 

Commending themselves unto God in his mercy; 

They put their dependence and trust in the Lord, 

For His preservation and care of His people, 

Those people who trust and believe in His Word. 

Submitting themselves to the billows' commotion; 

Alarmed were the sailors, the captain afraid, 

Until he went downward below in his vessel. 

And saw the composure the Brethren displayed. 

He felt in his heart that God was among them, 

That these were a people beloved of the Lord, 



That He would preserve them through tempest and 

danger, 
As saves He the righteous from peril and sword. 
The captain took courage, went back to his sailors. 
Who hopelessly feared that the vessel would wreck. 
And told them what people, composed in the tempest,^ 
Below in the ship, would yet walk on the deck. 
And afterward waiting a little while longer. 
The storm disappeared with clouds in the rear: 
Those billows like mountains, went back to their cav- 
erns, 
The ocean grew calm and the sky became clear. 
And so they continued to sail o'er the ocean, 
With patience and hope, in the fear of the Lord, 
To come to an end of their wearisome journey, 
When two or three months they had waited on board. 
'Twas not in those days as it is in the present, 
That steamships the ocean so swiftly did plow, 
And lightnings recorded the news of the nations 
In language intelligent, as they do now. 
The day of improvements and swift locomotion. 
So early as then yet, but scarcely did dawn; 
The ages of error and ignorance awful. 
And dark superstition were hardly withdrawn. 
At last they were landed in Philadelphia; 
And soon they were scattered wide over the land: 
But after three years of indifferent estrangement 
They came to unite in a brotherly band. 
By reorganizing themselves in a body religious. 
Though wide they were scattered near Wissahickon, 
Where "The Woman in the Wilderness" waiting was 

found; 
So called they the sect of the hermits, secluded 
In caves on the banks of the Schuylkill, among 
The forests primeval, the rocks and the thickets, 
The hills and the cliffs Wissahickon along. 



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♦JvcJcmption Jn^auan LntiAt 



By Homer R. Miller, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 
Lake Odessa, Mich. 



"Unto him that loved us, and 
washed us from our sins in his own 
blood" (Rev. 1:5b). 

To be perpetually an object of 
redeeming love may well move the 
heart to rejoice and tune the lips to 
song. At the very first thought of 
the Lord Jesus, the Apostle John 
in the salutation to the seven 
churches utters a song of praise for 
the love that moved God to send His 
Son to bring salvation. This is the 
same John, who, in his first epistle 
said: "Herein is love, not that we 
loved God, but that he loved us." 
The beloved discipb of the Lord 
thinks of the everlasting love which 
moved God to redeem man once and 
for all through the blood of Christ. 
He was thinking of redemption when 
he sang out: "Unto him that loved 
us, and washed us from our sins in 
his own blood." 

The Motive 

The motive for redemption is 
love. This is the Greek word which 
signifies the deepest love that is 
possible. It is actually a present 
tense verb, which suggests that His 
love is everlasting. God is displeased 
with the sinner on account of his 
sins, but this is a governmental dis- 
pleasure. It is something that any 
father must hold toward a disobe- 
dient child; it is a characteristic of 
real parental love. Why does God 
love us so? God has an eternal love 
for that which He has created. He 
knows what He can do through a 
man who is dedicated to Him. But 
greater yet than this, God is love, 
and all there is of love is in God. 
Is it so hard then to understand 
God's love, when it is His very na- 
ture? He doesn't want men to die in 
their sins. He is "not wilHng that 
any should perish"; therefore He 
made a way out in His love so that 
we might have everlasting life. 

How far does His love reach? 
John 3:16 says "God so loved the 
world . . . that whosoever believeth." 
In order to know who God loves, 
one must go to every city in the 



world, to every tribe and nation, to 
the rich man's palace and the poor 
man's shack, behind prison bars, 
and then to every unexplored nook 
and corner in the universe. When 
Nansen was looking for the North 
Pole, he found himself in deep water. 
Twice he had used lines to try to 
touch bottom. He gathered all the 
rope and twine that he could find on 
the ship and still he could not 
touch bottom. He had to write in 
his book the length of the rope and 
add, "deeper than that." 

The Method 

The method of redemption is de- 
liverance out of sin. There is some 
discussion whether the word here 
should be translated "washed" or 
"loosed." The preposition "ek" 




used here may give us the key. This 
preposition means "out of." When 
we wash our hands we do not wash 
them out of the dirt, we wash the 
dirt off. If our hands had been in 
the mud, we would have first 
"loosed" them out of the mud and 
then washed them clean. It may be 
that we should look at this particular 
experience as the initial act of re- 
demption, for the chains of sin are 
broken and a man who was the serv- 
ant of sin becomes a child of God 
through faith in Christ. As our King, 
He declares us free by a royal ver- 
dict. But even after this initial ex- 
perience we need to be kept free 
from sin by "the washing of water 
by the word," and one day, as those 



who have been redeemed, we will 
be in the presence of Christ as His 
bride, "holy and without blemish." 
I wonder if the Apostle Paul might 
not have had these thoughts in mind 
when he told the Corinthian church 
that God has "delivered us from 
so great a death, and doth dehver: 
in whom we trust that he will yet 
deliver us" (II Cor. 1:10). 

Any man who is outside of Christ 
is bound with the chains of sin. He 
has forged the chain himself, link 
by link, and until he surrenders to 
Christ the chains become stronger 
and harder to be broken. Satan not 
only has him chained, but he also 
has his soldiers standing guard to 
hinder him from getting deliverance. 
Pride, procrastination, sinful pleas- 
ure, and the love of the world are 
all soldiers of Satan. Men are too 
proud to acknowledge their lost 
condition and to confess their sins; 
they will not come to repentance. 
To the young sinner there is plenty 
of time, but tomorrow never comes 
for many who put fortune ahead of 
the soul, and they pass into eternity 
lost. The pleasures of sin and love 
for the things of the world are con- 
tinually keeping men from coming 
to Christ. The reason men carmot 
see their real need is that Satan has 
blinded their eyes, and moreover, 
they love darkness rather than the 
light. They are asleep in their sins. 

The Means 

"By his own blood." This names 
the sacrifice which expiated our 
guilt. In Revelation 5:9 we find 
the same clause used: "And they 
sung a new song, saying, Thou art 
worthy to take the book, and to open 
the seals thereof: for thou wast 
slain, and hast redeemed us to God 
by thy blood out of every kindred, 
and tongue, and nation." The 
words, "by thy blood," denote the 
price for which a thing is bought. 
Such a price Christ paid to make us 
His own, freed from all sin. "Ye 

(Continued on page 31) 



January 77, 7955 



29 



The Curse of 
Conformity 



If I were asked to name the 
one thing that is most destructive 
of spirituahty, the one thing that 
more than any other deadens the 
Christian hfe, I would unhesi- 
tatingly say that it is our haunt- 
ing fear of being different. So 
afraid are we of being thought 
queer that we rigorously abstain 
from any act or word that might 
distinguish us from anyone else. 
Of course, it is only a part of a 
larger picture, for the trend of all 
life in America, the basic goal of 
"progressive" education, is to sub- 
merge individuality, to create well- 
adjusted robots who act, speak, and 
think like every ether robot. This 
cowardly fear drives us into the 
hectic rat-race known as "keeping 
up with the Joneses"; it compels us 
to follow blindly, like so many sheep, 
the zaniest fads and the weirdest fan- 
tasies of fashion; "everyone is doing 
it" has become the leitmotiv, the 
most fundamental drive of our lives. 
Especially is this true of young peo- 
ple, among whom every craze be- 
comes, by a pathological conform- 
ism, the badge of "belonging to the 
crowd." 

But is this the normal way for 
the Christian? It is a solemn truth 
that God's Word speaks most 
plainly and bluntly against this be- 
setting sin of the age. We have to 
conform, do we? The Word of God 
says: "Be not conformed to this 
world; but be ye transformed . . ." 
(Rom. 12:2a). We must not look pe- 
culiar to others? But the Bible says: 
"Who gave himself for us, that he 
might redeem us from all iniquity, 
and purify unto himself a pscaliar 
people, zealous of good works" 
(Titus 2:14); and again: "But ye 
are ... a peculiar people" (I Pet. 
2:9). Now I know, as anyone who 
knows a bit of Greek is about to tell 
me, that this does not mean pecuHar 
in the most common modern sense; 
it does not mean bizarre, zany, 
queer; it does not mean that we are 
to be "squares" for the sake of being 
different. But it does mean some- 
thing that is pertinent: it means that 
we are God's own people — His 
possession. So we have to "belong 
to the gang," do we? That is jusl 




what these passages warn us against 
very plainly. 

We emphatically do not belong to 
the world, or to the gang, or to the 
set, in any sense whatsoever; we do 
not even belong to ourselves, despite 
the arrogant claim of the author of 
"Invictus" — we belong entirely and 
exclusively to God. We have been 
bought with the blood of Jesus 
Christ, and the effect of that pur- 
chase is that not only are we rescued 
from the penalty of sin but also 
from its power. We were saved "by 
grace," but "unto good works" 
(Eph. 2:8, 10). We were saved to be 
God's people, separated from the 
world, sanctified unto the Lord. Can 
you imagine Jesus, in the days of 
His flesh, "belonging to the crowd"? 
Can you imagine Him doing any- 
thing at all simply because others 
were doing it? The very thought is 
blasphemy. Yet we who are the 
present manifestation of the incar- 
nate Son of God often act as though 
we are afraid to be different from 
the Devil's people. Not only should 
we not shun being different, we 
should actively seek it, for this is one 
case where those who are in Rome 
must not act like the Romans. It 
is not simply a social problem, it is 
a very basic moral and spiritual one. 

We must, of course, be on guard 
against false teachings concerning 
this nonconformity that is supposed 
to characterize us. There are many 
who make the criterion of worldli- 
ness purely external things, such 
as clothing, amusements, and so 
forth. A person is automatically 
worldly if he wears certain clothes, 
if he smokes, if he drinks alcoholic 
beverages, if he goes to the movies, 
or if he dances. Now all this is quite 
probably true, in most cases. There 
are clothes that are an offense not 
only to good taste but also to morals; 



By Charles R. Taber 

Missionary to 
French Equatorial Africa 



the Christian has no business 
wearing them. Tobacco is un- 
doubtedly harmful to the body 
and has no place in the life of a 
Christian who believes that his 
body is the temple of the Holy 
Spirit. 

It is perfectly true that "wine 
is a mocker," and that in most in- 
stances the child of God does bet- 
ter to abstain. It is true that Holly- 
wood movies and the social dance 
deliberately arouse the passions of 
the flesh. In other words, the per- 
son who habitually does these things 
is worldly. But it is the converse, 
that the person who does not do 
these things is therefore spiritual, 
that is not necessarily true at all; in 
fact, it is a lie of the Devil, and be- 
cause it originated with the Father 
of Lies, it is a particularly clever 
and plausible one. For many per- 
sons do none of these things and yet 
are not even Christians, let alone 
spiritual. And many Christians ab- 
stain from them, by a sort of reverse 
conformism, without being in the 
least spiritual. The logical end-point 
of this external criterion is that peo- 
ple who use buttons on their clothes 
or drive horseless carriages are 
worldly, while those who do not 
are spiritual; it is only a matter of 
degree. 

No; the root of the matter is far 
deeper, and it is one of Satan's mas- 
terpieces that he has made so many 
Christians smug on the flimsy ground 
of abstinence from a few hand- 
picked activities. The root is in the 
heart and in the mind; we need what 
the psalmist prayed for, a clean 
heart; and what Paul prescribed, a 
complete transformation of the 
mind. We need to use God's yard- 
stick rather than earth's in judging 
and comparing all values. We need 
to appreciate the relative worth of 
potential investments of our time, 
talents, strength, and money in the 
light of eternity. For, after all, is not 
one of the most damning indict- 
ments of the world simply this: that 
it passes away? The world's goods 
are shadows, vapors, illusions, fool's 
gold. The man who spends himself 
in living like the worldhngs around 
him, who exhausts his body and 



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and frazzles his nerves to gain ma- 
terial wealth and comfort; the wife 
who neglects her family's spiritual 
needs to work outside the home to 
add to the budget for material lux- 
uries; the young person who spends 
time and money in following the 
crowd in its vain amusements; are 
they not all acting as if the world's 
standards of values were true, and 
God's worthless? Are they not call- 
ing God a liar? There is a legitimate 
use for material comfort and for 
amusemsnts, as long as they are 
only secondary, as long as they are 
only means by which we are re- 
freshed for our real work to attain 
our real goal. When these gifts of 
God's superabundant grace become 
the end of our lives, then we are 
sinning. When we reduce our giv- 
ing to the Lord's work to meet pay- 
ments on a second car and a third 
television set; when we are too busy 
going to ball games to participate 
in the young people's program of 
our church; when we forsake our 
time of meditation in the Bible and 
prayer to catch up on sleep lost by 
being out late every night; when the 
television program keeps us away 
from prayer meeting; then we are 
worldly, we are sinning, and God's 
Word knows no other word for it. 
We are substituting the world's 
standards for God's, we are calling 
Him a liar, we are disobeying Him 
who bought us to be His precious 
possession. And all that, simply to 
be like the world! All that, simply 
to avoid the appearance of being 
"queer"! Brethren, in the light of 
eternity and God's Judgment, it isn't 
worth it. 



REDEMPTION THROUGH 
CHRIST 

(Continued from page 29) 

are bought with a price" (I Cor. 
6:20). 

Did Jesus have to shed His blood? 
Could He not have saved himself 
this horrible death and think of some 
other way to save men? Yes; He 
might have saved himself, but then 
He could not have become our Sav- 
iour. The acorn cannot save itself 
if it is to bud a tree. It must die. 
Nor could the Good Shepherd save 
himself if He would save His sheep. 
He elected to pay the price of His 
own blood, for that was the only 
thing His Father would accept. 



Watch Them Go 

By Ernest Bearinger, Director National Youth Council 



Brethren Boys Clubs are bsing 
thrust into action by new fuels of 
enthusiasm all over America. Old 
clubs are re-ignited and new clubs 
are joining the ranks of the "Bold 
and Brave" for Christ. This ex- 
panding growth has leaped the 
bounds of the USA and invaded 
Mexico. 

Rev. Walter Haag, our foreign 
missionary to Mexico, recently 
wrote to Dr. Barnard and told him 
about his thrilling boy's work. This 
is part of what he said. "... I am 
thrilled with my Brethren Boys 
Club. I have only five, but we went 
on a trip Saturday and gave out . . . 
a Christmas tract to every home 
between Tecate and Ensenada on 
the back-country road. Manuel and 
I each took a boy with us first to 
show them how. Then the boys 
two and two visited the homes and 
left the literature. They had so much 
fun that they want to know when 
they can go again. 

"Of course it wasn't all work. We 
had Dutch-oven biscuits and steak. 
Each one was cooked over the coals 
of the fire. I had the little .22 caliber 
rifle along and gave the boys some 
target practice. 

"I began the club about a year 
ago, disbanded during the summer. 



This gang from Buena Vista. Va. 
(pictured below) is justly proud of 
the trophy that Pastor Edward Lewis 
is presenting to coach Fred Pryor. 
The team won the Southeast district 
Softball championship this past sea- 
son. 



and started a3a!n th;3 fall . . . The 
handwork we are doing now is 
leather craft. The Whittier Com- 
munity Junior Department of the 
Sunday school gave us the money 
for the tools. The Calexico BBC ex- 
pects to visit us the twenty-fourth of 
January." 

Pray with us and Brother Haag 
that these fellows will be good am- 
bassadors for Christ. 

NEWS ajid CLUES: 

Your national BBC president, 
James Custer, who is also president 
of the sophomore class at Grace Col- 
lege, visited the Goshen (Ind.) Boys 
Club several weeks ago. He got 
mixed up on the time and nearly 
missed the meeting. He met with the 
men and boys at the end of their 
regular program, and had a good 
time going over the ranks and re- 
viewing the award system. 

Your youth director has been 
meeting a number of the fellows and 
their leaders 

A prayer request: There is criti- 
cal need for leaders who will work 
with boys. Pray that the Lord will 
speak to men who are qualified to 
lead. Pray that more boys will have 
the opportunity to become men of 
God prepared to face the world in 
the power of His might. 

ATTENTION: BOYS CLUBS 
Handbooks and shields are now 
m stock in the Youth Office. If 
you have a back order, please re- 
order from Brethren Youth Coun- 
cil, Box 617, Winona Lake, Ind. 




January 11, 1958 



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Compiled by Roy H. Lowery 

SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 



Opening Hymns — "Grace Greatei" 
Than Our Sins"; -'The Solid Rock." 

Scripture Reading — Psalm 32. 

Prayer Time — Would suggest going 
to prayer by two's, giving each 
couple the names of three of our 
men missionaries to pray for, also 



the name of three unsaved men 

whom we know. 
Hymn — "My Faith Looks Up to 

Thee." 
Business Session — (Very brief). 
Bible Study- 
Closing Hymn — "Amazing Grace"; 

closing prayer. 



He Giveth More Grace 



"Among the Great Promises, prec- 
ious and true. 

Is this, all sufficient for me and for 
you: 

Whatever your need, any time, any 
place, 

Just trust, and remember, 'He giveth 
more grace.' " 

If life's disappointments have 
caused you a bruised or broken 
heart, remember that "earth hath no 
sorrow that heaven cannot heal." 
Come to Christ whose heart was 
broken for you, make confession of 
sin, and pray the prayer of Psalm 
51:10. Realize that trials only bring 
you closer to God (Ps. 34:18). 
Broken hearts are healed by the 
sanctifying grace of God (Ps. 51:17). 
God will give "the oil of joy for 
mourning" (Isa. 61:3). Through 
thorns of life's path we may come to 
greater revelations of God (Isa. 9: 
6-7). 

Love is the gift of God, for our 
comfort. Love meditates purely (I 
Cor. 13:5), believes for the best (v. 
7), suffers and brings Christians vic- 
tory (v. 4). Love is willing and obe- 
dient (Ps. 110:3; II Cor. 8:3, 12). 
The Scripture would have us to be 
subject one to another in love (I 
Pet. 5:5). Love is pleading and win- 
ning (II Cor. 5:14). Love sympa- 
thizes, pities, and is real (I John 3: 
18). There is no fear (I John 4:18). 
A satisfying love brings joy (I Cor. 



13:6) begets love and good works 
(Heb. 10:24). 

"The God of all comfort" is truly 
comforting (II Cor. 1:3, 5). God 
speaks words of comfort to His peo- 
ple (Isa. 40:1-2) He knows how to 
comfort His children (Isa. 66:13). 
If you have undergone a severe be- 
reavement, a lingering illness, a keen 
disappointment, an unjust accusa- 
tion, come to God for comfort (Isa. 
12:1; 49:13; Ps. 119:76). He has 
promised never to leave us alone 
(Heb. 13:5). In great stress let us 
be quiet and wait for Him (Ps. 46: 
10; 37:7) while He renders us fit 
for His service. 

We are to have hope through the 
"comfort of the scriptures" (Rom. 
15:4). The Scriptures are perfect, 
sure, right, pure, true, righteous, 
valuable, blessed and enriching (Ps. 
19:7-11). About all nervous and 
irritable people need to do is read 
the Bible and pray often (Ps. 32). 

Let us not overlook the great 
compassion of our Saviour (Matt. 
9:36). He cares for your soul and 
knows your need (II Thess. 2:16). 
He invites you into His rest and 
wants to be vour yoke-fellow (Matt. 
11:28-30). He wants to dwell in- 
side your heart and supply your 
need (Rev. 3:10). 

There is also the comfort of the 
Holy Spirit (Acts 9:31). He gives 
assurance to our souls by witnessing 
to our Spirits (Rom. 8:14). He gives 



joy (Gal. 5:22), and power in prayer 
(Eph. 6:18). He pleads with Christ 
for our return from sin (I John 2: 
1-2; Rom. 8:26-27), and gives us 
understanding (Job 32:8). Christ 
promised us the Holy Spirit as a 
gift (John 14:16-18) and called Him 
"another Comforter." 



News and Views 

Winchester, Va. There were 73 
men present from nine churches of 
the Mid-Atlantic district for their 
fall meeting. Rev. Evan Adams, 
superintendent of the Brethren 
Navajo Mission, was the guest 
speaker. A fine offering was pre- 
sented for our national home-mis- 
sion project at our Navajo mission. 
Rev. Paul Dick was host pastor. 

Hagerstown, Md. The three 
Brethren churches of Hagerstown 
will be host to the Mid-Atlantic dis- 
trict Laymen Saturday, Feb. 15. The 
meeting will be held in the Grace 
Brethren Church with Dr. John Wal- 
voord, president of Dallas Theologi- 
cal Seminary, as guest speaker. The 
laymen of the Gay Street Brethren 
and Calvary Brethren churches will 
be in charge of the program. 

Stoyslown, Pa. The National Lay- 
men's officers will convene here 
for an all-day meeting Saturday, 
Mar. 29, to plan for our spring and 
summer programs, also to make 
plans for national conference in 
in August. Rev. Arthur F. Collins 
is pastor of this growing mission 
church. 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace Breth- 
ren). Twenty-one men were present 
for our regular monthly meeting at 
which time R. H. Lowery was elect- 
ed president for another year. We 
also praise the Lord for His bless- 
ing in our Boys Club which has now 
passed the 50 mark in weekly at- 
tendance with new boys accepting 
Christ as Saviour at almost every 
service. Last year there was a total 
of 29 boys who accepted Christ as 
Saviour in this one club alone. Men! 
there is no question a boys club is 
worthwhile; why not start one in 
your church? Rev. Warren E. Tam- 
kin is pastor of this church. 

Sidney, Ind. Brother Clifford Sel- 
lers has been appointed chairman 
of The Laymen's Student Aid Com- 
mittee, replacing Brother I. Wesley 
Miller who will be spending some 
time in California and has asked 
to be relieved of this office. 



The BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 18, 1958 



Koontzes Eye York Field for '58 



They look upon it as a new challenge since York is now a self-supporting church. 



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Editoriols 




A New Year Inventory 

At the close of each year it is customary for any 
business house to take an inventory of its stock, prof- 
its, and losses. This is a fine business procedure without 
which no business could long prosper or survive. 

The New Year season naturally leads us to a checking 
and inventory in our own individual lives. It certainly 
forces upon us some prayerful reflections which should 
be of profit to us in the future year. 

What have we done for our Lord in 1957 which is of 
really lasting benefit and for His eternal glory? What 
have we done with material wealth which has been 
entrusted to us? Have we been faithful in telling others 
about our Saviour? Have we given Christ first place 
in our lives? Has the tide of materialism, that is sweep- 
ing America before it, also engulfed us in its depths? 
These and many other questions dealing with our re- 
lationship to God clamor for attention and answers. We 
must face these issues squarely and fully and evaluate 
ourselves in God's sight according to His Word. Only 
then will we know whether 1957 has been a wasted 
year or one in which we have redeemed the time for 
our Lord! 

God's Inventory Procedure 

Jehovah spoke words of counsel to the Jews many 
years ago which give us a Biblical way to take in- 
ventory (Deut. 8:10-14; 17-20). We can do nothing 
better than quote these heart-searching words. 

"When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt 
bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he 
hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD 
thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his 
judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this 
day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast 
built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; and when thy 
herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy 
gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 
Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the 
LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the 
land of Egypt, from the house of bondage . . . And 
thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine 
hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt re- 
member the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee 
power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant 
which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And 
it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy 
God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and 
worship them, I testify against you this day that ye 
shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord de- 
stroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because 
ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD 
your God." 



Let Us Face the Issues! 

America has eaten and is full. There is no good 
reason for any man to be hungry in our land. There is 
abundance for all if foods are properly distributed. 

We do have a good land in every respect. God has 
made our soil fertile. Those areas not under cultivation 
because of lack of water in most cases only need 
moisture to produce the fruit of the ground. 

The greatest housing program in the history of the 
world has been under way in America during the past 
15 years. Even though now leveling off to some ex- 
tent, it is still a miracle of production. We doubt if there 
is any nation on earth which can boast the number 
of beautiful homes we have in America. 

Our herds and our flocks have multiplied. Live 
stock production in our range areas and on our farms 
has been at an all-time high point. There are even 
unusual times when prices lower because of this abun- 
dance. 

Silver and gold have been multiplied to us in all 
sorts of material wealth. Since 1951 the income of 
the average U. S. family has gone up from $2,210 to 
S5,520 a year. This is an increase of 150 percent. Even 
though the dollar has shrunk in value, there is still a 
fair increase left. The average American family is rich 
in goods if not in dollars. 

Best of all, we have the Gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, something the Jews did not have as such in 
those days. The Word of God is complete and in our 
hands, and we have the Holy Spirit to interpret to our 
hearts. 

- What more could any nation ask from God? 
! But what has America done? What have you done? 
;,.:Have we been grateful to God? 

' ." The FBI is estimating about an 8 percent in- 
crease in crime in 1957. Two and one -half million 
crimes committed; 7,500 per day; SVi per minute. 
Alcoholism has greatly increased. We used 419 billion 
cigarettes this past year, 17 million more than last year. 

God says, "Beware that thou forget not the LORD 
thy God." But if America ever knew God, she has for- 
gotten- Him. The psalmist said that the nation which 
forgets God shall be cast into hell. 

Have God's children given Him the glory He de- 
serves for so fully blessing them in every respect? Or, 
have they done as others, boasting that through their 
own wisdom and work they have acquired material 
prosperity and wealth? God pronounces His judgment 
where there is such an attitude. 

To praise God for what He has done for us in 1957 
and then vow obedience to His Word during the com- 
ing year would be pleasing to the Lord of all grace and 
mercy. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 3 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; William Male. Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum. ex officio. 



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Steps Leading to Self-Supporting York 



Five and one-half years after the 
first service of the Grace Brethren 
Church, of York, Pa., was held by 
Pastor Gerald Polman at the York 
YMCA, the church became self-sup- 
porting. Before Pastor Polman came 
to York, Rev. Russell Weber, then 
pastor of the Melrose Gardens 
Brethrerr Church, in Harrisburg, Pa., 
organized a Bible class which met 
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry 
Knepper. The congregation moved 
its place of meeting from the YMCA 
on October 5, 1952, to a store build- 
ing at 999 Chanceford Avenue in 
the heart of the Yorktowne area. On 
November 18 of that same year, 27 
members became the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, of York, Pa. Property 
was purchased at 661 North New- 
berry Street for a building site in 
January 1954. On March 14 of that 
year a ground-breaking service was 
held, and the following day the 
Brethren construction crew under 
the supervision of Thomas Bailey 
began the construction of the build- 
ing. By July 4 the cornerstone was 
laid, and on August 14 and 15 the 
building was dedicated to the Lord 
with the pastor's father, Rev. Leo 
Polman, as the speaker. On January 
1, 1958, the church became self- 
supporting. 

This in brief is a history of the 
growth of one home-mission church. 
Back of the history there are many 
vital, important, and necessary 
things that enter into the building of 
a church. Let us mention a few of 
them. 

First, there had come to York a 
little group of Brethren who tried to 
worship in various churches, but 
who continued to pray for the day 
when the church of their faith would 
be established in this city. They felt 
the need not only for themselves, but 
also for this city with a metropoli- 
tan area of around 85,000, which 
so badly needed the Gospel which 
The Brethren Church could present. 
This desire led to the starting of 
a Bible class under the direction of 
Rev. Russell Weber in the Harry 
Knepper home. 

The next step was that of obtain- 
ing a pastor. Rev. Gerald Polman, 
who was having a very fruitful min- 
istry at Meyersdale, Pa., accepted the 
call of this little group to build a 



By H. W. Koontz, Pastor 



Brethren church. Too much cannot 
be written about the spirit of this 
pastor who was willing to take em- 
ployment in a cement block factory 
to care for his own living expenses 
until the church should come to the 
place where it could assume his sup- 
port. 

The Home Missions Council next 
became the instrument in the hands 
of God for building a church in 
York. With its wise counsel and 
money, the erecting of the building 
and the establishing of the church 
was made possible in the brief space 
of five and one-half years, much 
more quickly than this little group 
could have accomplished the task. 

The Brethren construction crew 
of the Council played a large part 
in giving to the Brethren in York 
a building that fits their needs at a 
cost that has not placed an un- 
bearable burden upon them as a self- 
supporting church. The feeling of 
the church toward the crew is ex- 
pressed in a letter written by the 
church secretary. Rev. U. L. Ging- 
rich, August 15, 1954: "We as a 
congregation join unanimously in 
expressing our deep appreciation to 
the men of the Construction Com- 
pany and their families for their 
faithfulness in this place of responsi- 
bility and service and we commend 
them to any other group contemplat- 
ing the building of a new church. 
Their high quality of workmanship, 
their versatility, and their Christian 
character and devotion to their Lord 
will cause them to be an asset to 
any Christian group." 

The location of the church build- 
ing is a major factor in deciding its 
success or failure. The York church 
could not have been built in a more 
favorable location to insure growth. 
It faces Kiwanis Lake in Farquhar 
Park on a much used thoroughfare. 
This is the main city park, and to say 
that the church is in front of Ki- 
wanis Lake is to identify its location 
at once to everyone that knows 
anything about the city. It is little 
over a mile from Continental Square, 
the heart of the city, and less than a 
mile from probably the largest 
housing project in the county. Ex- 



tending out from it are large residen- 
tial sections, and within a stone's 
throw a S600.000 grade-school 
building is in proc3ss of erection. 
The area is not heavily churched 
and possibly will not be in the future 
because of the impossibility of buy- 
ing property with a sufficient acre- 
age to build. The finding of this 
ground for the building is one of 
many never-to-be-forgotten evi- 
dences of the leading of the Lord in 
the establishment of the York 
church. The ground was considered 
by everyone as a part of Farquhar 
Park. The church had almost given 
up in despair of finding a location 
when one day Pastor Polman dis- 
covered that the land was privately 
owned. When located, the owner 
was quite willing to sell over an acre 
of ground for the sum of $4,500. We 
believe that God kept this location 
for The Brethren Church, for had it 
been known that it was private 
property, it would have been ob- 
tained by some other organization 
long before. 

The church has been encouraged 
to go on a self-supporting basis by 
recent evidences of the Lord's lead- 
ing and blessing. This past summer 
two much-needed rooms were built 
on either side of the pulpit and 
paid for. A branch Sunday school 
was started in the Parkway area. The 
midweek prayer meetings continue to 
average over the 35 mark. Extra 
offerings have been given during 
December to make it possible for the 
church to begin the new year with- 
out a deficit. The building debt has 
been reduced to $28,100. Sunday, 
December 23, the Sunday school 
broke all previous records with an 
attendance of 153. The offerings 
for Brethren interests beyond the 
boundaries of the local church are 
for the most part showing encourag- 
ing increases. The Lord has united 
the members in the bonds of Chris- 
tian love and has given them a long- 
ing to witness so that many others 
may hear about the Lord Jesus 
Christ who has brought such great 
blessing here. 

The church at York is the result 
of God's gracious leading all along 
the way. To Him must go all the 
glory and praise for every evidence 
of growth, and for every victory. 



January 18, 1958 



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Testimonies and Pictures of York 



The Grace Brethren Church now 
has an important part in our lives. 
This was not always so. 

During an evangelistic service in 
September 1957, Rev. Dean Fet- 
terhoff led both my husband and me 
to accept Christ as our Saviour. 

Two of our daughters had been 
attending the church over three 
years, and both had accepted the 
Lord. Through their prayers, and 
the faithful prayers of members of 
the church, we have come to realize 
what a wonderful feeling it is to be 
at peace with God. Our whole out- 
look on life has changed in this short 
time. 

We are eagerly looking forward to 
the time when our youngest daugh- 
ter, aged 5, will also t^ive her h^art 
to God, and we will be a complete 
family serving the Most Holy One. 

We thank God for a wonderful 
pastor and his wife, for the Grace 
Brethren Church, and for the fellow- 
ship of a God-loving consregation. 

Our prayer is that we might show 
others, through our lives, that sal- 
vation is real and the joys received 
from serving the Lord are boundless. 
— Mr. and Mrs. John Adcock. 



We, here in York, have much for 
which to praise our wonderful Lord 
in the years that have passed. And 
now, as we look forward into 1958 
we rejoice in the expectation of even 
greater blessing. It seems such a 
short time ago that we planned to 
buy a lot somewhere in York and 
build our new church. It was such 



a big step for such a small group, 
we thought. But God saw to it ihat 
we found the right lot on which to 
erect the building, and He led in the 
building of it. Now, as the new year 
draws very near, we plan to take an- 
other big step in God's work — that 
of going self-supporting. And, again, 
we know that God will undertake, 
and show us. His servants, the path 
ahead in service for Him. Pray for 
us that we will be able to do great 
things for Him in this very needy 
field, and pray too that we might be 
always willing to "wait on Him," 
and not run ahead in our own will. 
— Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Keister. 



"Thanks be unto God for His un- 
speakable gift" (II Cor. 9:15). 

These words we utter in deep ap- 
preciation of the great miracle that 
God has wrought in our lives. In 
little more than a year He has led 
this family of four from a worldly 
church into the Grace Brethren 
Church, of York, where we have 
been gloriously saved. 

He changed us from swearing, 
smoking, drinking parents to a Bible 
reading, witnessing and praying jam- 
ily. 

He has taken us out of the work 
in "social clubs" and has placed us in 
His work in the church. 

He has given us a new purpose — 
to do His will and bring glory to His 
name. 

The Holy Spirit has greatly used 
the Grace Brethren Church to brine 



about this change. We are deeply 
grateful for its strong testimony, and 
the love and understanding display- 
ed by the people of this God-fear- 
ing church. 

As this church now goes "self- 
supporting," we are sure that it is 
God's will, and pray that the Holy 
Spirit will continue to use this min- 
istry to add to the glory of Jesus 
Christ. — Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Wil- 
helm and family. 



"Except the Lord build the 
house, they labour in vain that build 
it" (Ps. 127:1). 

God is a Master Builder and when 
He builds. His handiwork takes 
on the quality of permanence. We 
believe He has built the York 
church, i.e., the congregation as well 
as the building. 

The joy of our heart has been 
to observe how He has brought folks 
from many parts of the country, and 
also a number from the city of York, 
and has fused them into a harmon- 
ious unit. 

He has sent us teachers, business- 
men, salesmen, bookkeepers, and 
men and women who are rearing 
families. One of our major assets is 
the fine group of young people and 
children who give great promise for 
the future of the work. 

We believe the spiritual results of 
God's work in York will be perma- 
nent. 

We praise Him that the very in- 
significant part we had in this fel- 




Grace Brethren choir. York. Pa. 



Mrs. H. W. Koontz. Mrs. G. W. Wilhelm. Mr. John Humberd. Sunday- 
school superintendent, and a branch class. York reaching out with 
a branch Siuiday school in the parkway housing development. 



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lowship has brought to us rich spirit- 
ual blessings. — Rev. and Mrs. Ulys- 
ses Gingrich. 



For years we had been praying 
for a Grace Brethren Church in the 
city of York, Pa. In the year 1950 
we laid our all on the altar and said: 
"Here we are, Lord. Use us where 
Thou wilt." 

So we were called to York. We 
moved from Meyersdale, Pa., to 
York, Pa., December 3, 1950. In 
1951 we started Bible study and 
prayer meeting with Rev. Russell 
Weber and his family in our home. 
In the fall of 1952 we rented a little 
store building and we prayed much 
and the Lord led us to a plot of 
ground. Now we have a beautiful 
building, the Chapel by the Lake. 

Thanks to our Home Missions 
Council, and for the many prayers 
and gifts that made this Graca 
Brethren Church possible. When we 
completely give ourselves to the 
Lord, then great things can be ac- 
complished, and from them come 
the wonderful blessing and joy that 
my husband and I and our six sons 
and their families have in serving 
the Lord. — Mr. and Mrs. Harry 
Knepper. 



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Grace Brethren 



"The Chnpel Ijy tin 




Overlooking Kiwanis Lake and Farquha 



the street from the church. 



BUILDING BRETHREN CHURCHES FOR THE FUTURE 

Investment funds are urgently needed to continue our program of 
building Brethren churches for the glory of our blessed Lord. 

If The Brethren Church is to continue to grow and to do ths work 
which we believe God expects of it in these end days, we must build 
more home-mission churches. 

How will we as members of The Brethren Church answer to God if we 
fail to take advantage of every opportunity possible for establishing 
new testimonies for Him in this land where the Gospel is so badly 
needed? 

If you have money to invest, you will receive a rich blessing from the 
Lord if you will use it in His work. In so doing, you will not only have 
the supreme satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to spread 
the Gospel but you will receive a good return on your investment in 
addition. 

The Brethren Investment Foundation offers you a wonderful oppor- 
tunity to loan your money to be used in building Brethren churches 
in America. Savings from $1 to $499 earn 3% interest. Investments 
of $500 and up earn 5% interest. Amounts of $1 or more are wel- 
come. Invest now! The need is great. 

For additional information write to the 

BRETHREN INVESTMENT FOUNDATION, INC. 
Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 



Monte Vista 

Brethren 

BreokGroynd 



The Grac3 Brethren Church, 
Monte Vista, Calif., broke ground 
for a new building on Sunday, De- 
cember 29, 1957. Rev. Lyle Mar- 
vin, San Bernardino pastor, and 
president of the California District 
Mission Board, was the speaker. 
The pastor is Harold D. Painter. 

The new building will be located 
on the corner of Benson Avenue 
and Fifth Street. They are presently 
meeting in a dwelling on the prop- 
erty that had to be vacated by Jan- 
uary 1, 1958, if the new building 
was not underway. 

Mr. George Stoops, architect, of 
Covina, Calif., has been working 
diligently on plans in order to meet 
this deadline. Mr. Florin Hesse who 
is finishing the San Diego church 
and parsonage will be building the 
Monte Vista church. 



January 18, 1958 



37 



ANAHEBM BUILDING GOING UP 




The Anaheim group in front of the Optimist Club building 



The accompanying construction 
pictures does not tell the complete 
story. The new Anaheim (Calif.) 
church may have the roof on it by 
the time you read this. The ground 
was broken on September 29 and 
Unit number 3 of the Brethren Con- 
struction Company moved in. A 
recent letter from the foreman, 
Max Fluke, stated the framing was 
about finished and the arches were 
in place. 

The group picture taken on a re- 
cent Sunday does tell a story. It in- 
dicates the need for getting the new 
building finished as soon as possible. 
The group is presently meeting in 
the Optimist Club building. It is in- 
adequate for Sunday school, and 
classes are held outside. 

This is the second church to be 
built by Unit 3 of the Brethren 
Construction Company. The first 
one at Long Beach (Los Altos) 
Calif., is being readied for dedica- 
tion. Rev. Forest Lance is pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Community 
Church, Anaheim, Calif. 



FORT LAUDERDALE DEDICATES NEW UNIT 



By Ralph Colburn, Pastor 

(Ed. The original building shown was 
dedicated on April 8, 1956. A picture of the 
new wing was not available but ioins this 
original building.) 

On Sunday, November 24, 180 
people met for the opening Sunday- 
school program in the new all-pur- 
pose wing of our Sunday-school 
building. There weren't quite enough 
chairs to go around, but enthusiasm 
was high. Representatives of differ- 
ent departments of the Sunday 
school had a part in the simple dedi- 
cation program which was held on 
the last day of our Sunday-school en- 
largement campaign (we stretched 
the six weeks to eight!). 

The following Thursday, Thanks- 
giving dinner was enjoyed in this 
new building by about 45 folks — 
turkey with all the trimmings! Al- 
ready we've found many uses for the 
new wing, including youth meetings. 
Junior Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha meetings, prayer meeting, 
et cetera, as well as Sunday-school 
classrooms. 

The building is 40 feet by 40 feet, 
including covered porches, and can 



be divided into ten classrooms, or 
left in one large room. We have 
no room dividers yet, but expect to 
provide some curtains in the im- 
mediate future. We had a "Mile of 
Pennies" campaign to raise funds 
for these, and gathered over $270 
in pennies in ten weeks, above all 
regular and special offerings. 

Much of the labor on the new 
building was donated, but a local 
contractor who attends our church 
supervised the entire construction 
program and furnished a skilbd car- 



penter when we needed one. Com- 
plete cost, including painting and 
landscaping is S6,500. We had 
raised over $1,500 of this locally 
in cash, and are financing the bal- 
ance. At the same time, the Lord has 
enabled us to keep up with our other 
heavy obligations, and double our 
home-mission offering! It now 
stands at over $1,000. 

We praise the Lord for all His 
goodness to us, and for this fine new 
building which will aid our future 
growth immeasurably. 




Original Fort Lauderdale church building 



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I/I^AEL CALL/! 



THE MESSAGE OF ISRAEL 

What is the message of Israel? 
The message which God intended 
they should witness to the world as 
stated in Isaiah 43:10 and 12: "Ye 
are my witnesses, saith the Lord . . . 
I have declared, and have saved, 
and I have shewed, when there was 
no strange god among you: therefore 
ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, 
that I am God." This message they 
were to give forth is contained in the 
statement every devout Jew affirms 
daily, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord 
our God is one Lord" (Deut. 6:4). 

At times Israel failed to profit 
from teaching (II Kings 17:3-17; 24: 
9, 19-23; 17:19), but when she was 
chastized of the Lord (II Kings 17: 
1-23; 25:1-30) for her failure to 
hold to the worship of this one God, 
she, in a measure, repented and was 
in part permitted to return to the 
Holy Land, never again to forget 
the fact that the God of Abraham, 
Isaac, and Jacob is the cnly God. 
He is one. He alone is worthy of 
worship. He alone is righteous, just, 
holy, and merciful. What a contrast 
to the many false gods which were 
worshiped in the ancient world. The 
worship of the false gods was, for the 
most part, based on ignorance, 
wickedness, and sinful practice. 
These false gods were represented 
as being tribal or national, vengeful, 
fickle, cruel, and lustful. Is it any 
wonder the people who worshiped 
such gods became just hke the gods 
they worshiped? Is it any wonder the 
ancient world was so full of sin and 
vice? 

Such was the ancient world to 
which Israel was to proclaim the 
one true and living God. Christians 
should appreciate Israel's great 
service in presenting to them this 
great truth of the oneness of God. 
Even though they have misunder- 
stood this truth themselves, we 
should thank them for the knowl- 
edge they have imparted to us of the 
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 
as the one true God. And we should 
thank them for the Holy Scriptures. 
Even though blindness in part has 
happened to Israel, we should recog- 
nize we have much in common with 
them for we, too, beUeve in prayer 
and a devout life, worship the same 
God, read and accept the Old Testa- 
ment. And we possess what they 
need most — the One who is the way 



to this one true God. It is demanded 
of us to tell them of this way. Then 
their blindness will disappear and 
they will understand their Holy 
Scriptures. 

Today, Jewish people believe 
Christians worship three gods, but 
such is not the case. The Christian, 
like the Jew, believes in the one 
true God. But the Christian also be- 
Ueves in that which the Jew in 
ancient times also beUeved, i.e., the 
tri-unity of this one, true God. We 
would ask the Jew this question: 
"Why is the name of God repeated 
three times in the Shema?" (Deut. 
6:4). Then we would hasten to di- 
rect the Jew to the answer as pro- 
vided in the sacred Hebrew book, 
the Zohar, which comments as fol- 
lows on the Shema: 

"Why is there need of mention- 
ing the name of God three times in 
this verse? The first Jehovah is the 
Father of all, the second the stem 
of Jesse through David [meaning 
the Messiah] and the third One is 
the way [meaning the Holy Spirit 
who shows the way], and these three 
are One." 

Now where did the compilers of 
the Zohar derive the idea of the One 
triune God? Certainly not from the 
New Testament, even though it is 
the same idea as held by the Chris- 
tians. Rather, the Zohar writers re- 
ceived their view from the Old Testa- 
ment. There are many passages 
which set forth the different per- 
sons of the triune God. A few pas- 
sages will serve as illustrations. In 
the first chapter of the Bible (Gen. 
1 :26) God sets forth this truth: He is 
not a unit. He is far greater than that. 
He states: "Let us make man in our 
image, after our Ukeness." In Gen- 
esis 1:1-2 God reveals somewhat of 
himself when he sets forth two per- 
sons of the Godhead participating 
in the work of creation, saying: "In 
the beginning God created the 
heaven and the earth. . . . And the 
Spirit of God moved upon the face 
of the waters." Thus w&are shown 
God the Father, and Gfoi the Holy 
Spirit. Later on in Scripfuife, Solo- 
mon, speaking of the Creator, says: 
"What is bis name, and what is' his 
son's name, if thou canst tell?" 
(Prov. 30:4). : 

Here we see God, the Father, and 
the second person of the triune God, 



By Bruce L. Button 

God the Son. This Son is spoken of 
in other places in the Holy Scrip- 
tures. Isaiah speaks of Him as fol- 
lows: "For unto us a child is bom, 
unto us a son is given: . . . and his 
name shall be called Wonderful, 
Counsellor, The mighty God, the 
everlasting Father, The Prince of 
Peace" (Isa. 9:6). And again, 
"Therefore the Lord himself shall 
give you a sign; Behold, a virgin 
shall conceive, and bear a son, and 
shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 
7:14). 

And so we see the writers of the 
Zohar did not need to go to the New 
Testament for the idea of a triune 
God. This idea is the very foundation 
of the Old Testament truth. The Old 
Testament sets forth God as God 
and the Son of God or (as he is also 
known) Messiah as God, and the 
Spirit of God as God. Thus Deu- 
teronomy 6:4 rightly states in the 
Hebrew: "Hear O Israel Jehovah, 
our Gods, Jehovah is a unity." 

Of all the prophets, Isaiah must 
have realized to some extent the 
triunity of God for he says in Isaiah 
48:16, speaking of Messiah: "Come 
ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have 
not spoken in secret from the begin- 
ning; from the time that it was, there 
am I: and now the Lord GOD, and 
his Spirit, hath sent me." 

Thus Isaiah sets forth in this one 
verse of Scripture the three distinct 
persons of the triune God. Cer- 
tainly Isaiah must have understood 
this truth best of all the prophets, 
for he heard the seraphim declare 
God as "Holy, Holy, Holy" (Isa. 
6:3), suggesting that the thrice holy 
God is a triune God. 

Even today there is evidence in 
Israel of their former beUef in a 
triune God. The Hebrew letter 
"shin" is regarded as the sacred let- 
ter speaking of God. And what does 
this letter look like? It is made up 
of three upright lines connected at 
the base by a bar. There are other 
letters in the Hebrew alephbeth 
(alphabet) which would better de- 
scribe God as a unit or a one. Why 
the letter "Shin"? What better ex- 
planation could there be than this: 
It is a tradition handed down from '. 
antiquity, - which indicates Israel's 
originat belief in a triune God. 

(to be csntintied)! • 



January 18, 1958 



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Teaching Navajos To Read Navajo 



Smoke pours from the large crack 
in the stovepipe, filling the council 
hogan with an eye-stinging twilight. 
The cold wind, blowing off the 
mesas to the west, whispers through 
a neglected and paneless window, 
lightly swirling the smoke. In the 
haze, brightly blanketed women 
cluster near the stove, absorbing 
the heat of the burning pinon. Near 
the wall of the hogan, other mothers 
patiently jostle cradleboards to mil 
restless babies. Hidden in the folds of 
the mothers" skirts are other small 
ones that wish they had the com- 
fort of the cradleboard. A few men 
stand in a group discussing the 
grazing problems in subdued tones. 
Two old men, each having his hair 
tied in the traditional knot, absorb 
the warmth and conversation with 
expressionless faces. An old blind 
woman is guided to a safe spot near 
the stove. Babies cough and cry from 
under the wrapping of the swaddling 
clothes. Conversation isn't too ani- 
mated because there are white men 
in the council house too. 

While one of the missionaries be- 
gins to fill out clinic cards for those 
seeking the help of the doctor, an- 
other begins to set up strange charts 
and distribute sheets of paper. More 
people come through the door seek- 
ing refuge from the cold. Greetings 
are exchanged in gentle handclasps. 
Soon there are twenty-three stand- 
ing and sitting in the council house. 

The missionary moves about the 
room, pointing to 'the paper that the 
men and women are holding. When 
he tells them that the story on the 
paper is "written" in the language of 
the people, they smile and look 
puzzled. An old woman laughs with 
amusement. A young man stares at 
the paper as though trying to study 
the "turkey tracks." 

At last the missionary has the at- 
tention of a number of the people. 
He explains that the chart contains 
the "sounds" of their language that 
have been written down and that 
can be read. He explains that the 
paper in their hands has a story 
written in their own language made 
of the same strange characters on 
the chart before them; yes, he will 
read it to them now. 



By Evan M. Adams 



.And so a simple story begins: "All 
different people have a conception 
of a God, but some don't under- 
stand about Him. Therefore they 
worship things that are not Holy. 
. . ." Some shuffle restlessly while 
others try to see how a Navajo story 
can come off the surface of the 
paper. After a short time of read- 
ing one old man interrupts: "Is that 
story on this paper too?" 

"Yes; the story is written on all 
these papers in the language of your 
people. Your paper has the same 
story I am reading from mine." 

The old man grins incredulously 
and chuckles to his neighbor, point- 
ing with a finger at the picture, as if 
he had just learned to read. The 
words he can understand, but how 
they can come off of paper is almost 
too much to understand. 

As some go out to the tent to 
be treated by the doctor, others 
curiously move up and eye the 
charts. The missionary asks a wom- 
an if she would like to read the let- 
ters. She giggles and turns away, 
saying that she can't read. Slowly 
the missionary begins to recite the 
sounds with the accompanying pic- 
tures. He tries to get the watching 
groups to join in the practice. There 
isn't one in the group brave enough 
to speak up. Finally a young woman, 
who has been watching intently, be- 
gins to join in the simple sounds, 
"aah," "eeh," "ooh." A man stand- 
ing in the background, slyly listen- 
ing, chuckles as he too says, "aah." 
Others listen to the lesson with 
studied disinterest lest they too be 
called on to help with the sounds. 

As the hour passes some of the 



people get restless and go out into 
the fresh cold wind. Others have 
completed their visit with the doc- 
tor and walk toward their wagons 
for the long ride home. A few are 
delaying their departure with a pre- 
tense near the stove. As the group 
dwindles to six or seven, two women 
and a young man pretend to be 
studying the charts. They are ab- 
sorbed in their "aah's" and "eeh's." 
At last the missionary has three 
pupils who will sit down and study 
with deliberation. Half an hour 
more has passed and they are read- 
ing simple sentences for encourage- 
ment, "The girl's sheep. The boy's 
sheep. The man's sheep. . . ." At 
last they are reading their own lan- 
guage. They linger long over the 
simple words on the paper they have 
to take home for "study." 

This is the scene at the location 
where the Navajo mission has start- 
ed clinic and reading classes. Use 
was granted of a tribal council 
hogan, located about thirty miles 
west of the present mission com- 
pound. A Christian doctor from 
Farmington comes to the location 
each Thursday with workers :irom 
the Brethren Navajo Mission where 
ministry is given to the physical and 
spiritual needs of the people. People 
have received medical care: innocu- 
lations, treatment for pneumonia, 
chicken-pox, colds, impetigo, and 
injuries. A nominal charge is made 
for the medicines given, and Dr. 
Rassmussen gives his time and 
services free. 

The afternoon is spent in per- 
sonal work with the waiting people, 
a short time of reading from the 
Navajo New Testament, and several 
tutorages with small groups learn- 
ing to read. Slowly we see the in- 
terest of some grow in the hearing 
of the Word. Friendships have been 
made with the people of the com- 
munity so that hogan doors will be 
open when the camp work begins 
in the future. A few have shown 
genuine interest in learning to read 
their own language. Each week new 
faces are seen, both seeking the 
help of the doctor and coining out 
of curiosity to see papers with Nava- 
jo words on them. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Brethren Navajo Mission 

Star Route, Cuba, New Mexico 

December 28, 1957 



Dear Brethren: 



On Christmas morning Howard Vulgamore, principal of the school here at the 
mission, suffered a very serious injury to his right hip from a 10 gauge shot-gun 
blast, self-infhcted while rabbit hunting. The shot hit him at close range on the in- 
side of the upper leg, exploding in the femur, shattering the bone, and severing the 
sciatic nerve. 

We were able to carry him off the mesa top on a stretcher and then by jeep 
back into the mission compound. In about three hours we reached the hospital in 
Farmington, New Mexico. Doctors there advised special surgery in Albuquerque. 
We chartered an ambulance plane from Albuquerque, and he and Betty reached 
Albuquerque about 5:30 p. m. Christmas Day. 

Howard was in the operating room from eight that evening until 4:30 a. m. on 
December 26. Dr. Shultz, bone specialist, worked at rebuilding a bone with a steel 
pin and fragments of the injured member. Dr. Leroy Miller, neurosurgeon, repaired 
the sciatic nerve the best he could. Howard is in a cast from waist to toe in a very 
awkward position and is in much pain. The miracle is that he wasn't killed by the 
blast — or that others with him weren't hit by the same blast. If the artery had been 
hit, he perhaps would have lost too much blood before we could have carried him 
to safety. Because of the area of the injury, it was almost impossible to pick him up 
and carry him on the back. Two Navajo men helped us pack him off the mesa 
top — thanks to the stretcher that was given to the mission two years ago by John 
Guthrie. 

Howard is in the St. Joseph Hospital, Grand Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mex- 
ico, Room 104, Main floor. He is in good human hands, and we know that the Lord 
has already had much to do with the care and repair of his leg. He will be crippled. 
THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR PRAYER IS THAT NO INFECTION SET 
INTO THE WOUND AND BONE. THE DOCTORS HAVE SAID THAT TEN 
DAYS TO TWO WEEKS SHOULD DETERMINE IF THEY CAN SAVE THE 
LEG OR WILL HAVE TO AMPUTATE. IF NO INFECTION SETS IN AND 
THE BONE BEGINS TO REFORM FROM THE FRAGMENTS, THEY FEEL 
THAT HE WILL HAVE A LEG TO USE. IF THE SCIATIC NERVE FAILS 
TO HEAL, HE WILL LOSE THE USE OF HIS FOOT AND CALF OF THE 
LEG, REQUIRING A BRACE OR CRUTCHES. The doctors say that he is in 
good physical shape, and didn't go into shock during the whole incident. He was 
conscious at all times during the operation, having a spinal block. Howard has made 
a special request for prayer that the Lord's wiU be done in this critical situation. 
The doctor says that as least six weeks will be spent with the leg bent back in a 
90 degree angle at the knee to permit the nerve to attach again. Then months of 
straightening of the leg will follow, et cetera. He will probably be down for six 
months at the least (by doctor's estimate); probably undergoing therapy for a year. 

Remember his family, Betty and Jane and Judy, during the hours of waiting 
in the next few weeks. Betty is a good soldier and holding up well. We have al- 
ready found reason to rejoice in the protective hand of God in the three days since 
the accident happened. The staff has learned many times the meaning of Romans 
8:28, and we are all waiting for the lessons from this sudden blow. The work 
is progressing very well, with revival evident in many Navajo lives. 

Evan M. Adams 



(The Brethren Home Missions Council would like to further emphasize the importance of the 
above request. From it you will gather there will be a great need financially. The hospitalization 
and medical insurance will cover only a small portion of such an injury. Those of you who would 
like to send a contribution for the Vulgamore family may send it to The Brethren Home Missions 
Council in Winona Lake, Ind., Box 587, and it will be forwarded immediately to the family.) 

January 18, 1958 41 



CHICO, CALIF. As reported in 
the Dec. 7 issue of the Missionary 
Herald, the Grace Brethren Church 
displayed the nativity scene with 
living characters and animals. Over 
six people per minute viewed the 
display, or a total of 4,042 counted 
automobiles, and an estimated 
19,000 people. Phillip J. Simmons 
is pastor. 

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. There 
were 186 present at the Christmas 
program of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Archer Baum is pastor. 
This is the first such service held at 
the new location. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. A new 
record for attendance at the eve- 
ning service was set at the Wood- 
ville Grace Brethren Church on Dec. 
22 when 208 were present. There 
were 1 04 present the preceding Sun- 
day evening. M. L. Myers is pastor. 

ADDRESS: Rev. Paul Mohler, 
Parrish Court, Covington, Va. Add 
to Annual. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Rich- 
ard I. McNeely, for the past three 
years Minister of Youth at the First 
Brethren Church, has concluded his 
ministry there in order to enter Dal- 
las Theological Seminary to work 
toward his doctorate of theology. 

AKRON, OHIO. The Northern 
Ohio District WMC will meet at the 
First Brethren Church Jan. 27. 

FREMONT, OHIO. Evangelist 
Earl Jensen will conduct meetings 
Jan. 19-Feb. 2 at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Gordon Bracker is pas- 
tor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. It is of- 
ficial now, there will be no question 
of religious preference included in 
the 1960 census. According to a 
recent announcement the Census 
Bureau feels that the controversy 
aroused by its plan to ask a question 
on religious preference would make 
its over-all job of counting the popu- 
lation more difficult, and might pro- 
duce inaccurate statistics. It has, 
finally, ruled that the question would 
be left out. 

CHICAGO. A Congressional in- 
vestigation of the broadcasting in- 
dustry to determine whether it is 
fulfilling its moral and legal respon- 
sibilities was urged by a group of 
religious educators. The Religious 
Education Association, holding its 
national convention in Chicago, 

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said such a probe is needed because 
of the "monopoly"' the industry en- 
joys over people's leisure time. "By 
virtue of the profound effects of 
T'V and radio," the resolution said, 
"there is need to examine whether 
the present broadcast policy serves 
the common good." Protestant, Ro- 
man Catholic and Jewish educators 
attended the convention. 

CHICAGO. Mrs. Martha Snell 
Nicholson, well-known Christian 
poetess, who wrote more than seven 
different books of sacred verse, in 
addition to her own autobiography, 
will have a dormitory room dedi- 
cated to her memory in the new La 
Mirada campus of the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles. 

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, 
CANADA. The Council of 
Churches here opposed a proposal 
of the Roman Catholic Conference 
of the province for a system of sep- 
arate but government-supported 
Catholic "public schools." The 
Protestant group submitted a brief 
to the Royal Commission on Educa- 
tion before which Archbishop Po- 
cock, of Winnipeg, recently pre- 
sented the Catholic plan. The Cath- 
olic proposal would involve setting 
aside certain schools as CathoUc 
public schools to be supported 
through taxes paid by Catholics. 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA. "God 
would strike me down dead if I am 
not telling the truth," testified Man- 
nasah Thomas, 54, on trial in Cir- 
cuit Court on a charge of counter- 
feiting. Two hours later, after being 
convicted, Thomas collapsed and 
died. 

LONDON, ENGLAND. Thomas 
F. McCrail admitted in court he 
stole a Bible from a bookstore "be- 
cause I wanted to study it." "It says 
in the Bible 'Thou shalt not steal,' " 
said Judge Frank Powell — and he 





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wide religious news. All material is pre- 
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and does not necessarily reflect the theo- 
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Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



drove the Bible lesson home with a 
fine of five pounds ($14). 

SAN FRANCISCO. Some 1,300 
Chinese skeletons, disinterred 10 
years ago, are stored in San Fran- 
cisco awaiting the collapse of the 
Communist regime in China so they 
can be shipped there for reburial in 
accordance with tradition. Francis 
M. Yee of the Chinese Cemetery as- 
sociation said the Communists now 
forbid the religious ceremonies. 

NEW YORK. An Iowa widow, 
who managed a poultry business, 
sailed early in December from here 
to begin a new career as secretary 
in a mission business office in I- 
stanbul, Turkey. Mrs. Lawrence A. 
Jansen, 52 years old, rented her 
farm in Charles City, Iowa. While 
attending a commissioning service 
for a Congregational Christian mis- 
sionary in Iowa last summer, Mrs. 
Jansen learned of the Istanbul posi- 
tion. Mrs. Jansen was born in Chero- 
kee, Iowa. Her trip to Turkey will be 
her first abroad. She has three sons 
and six grandchildren. 

NEW YORK. After an 11,000- 
mile delivery flight across the Pa- 
cific by an Air Force veteran crew, 
a light twin-engine airplane will be 
given to the Missionary Aviation 
Fellowship to speed missionary 
work among the New Guinea na- 
tives. The plane is a gift of the 
Span Foundation, a group of South 
Pacific Air Force veterans who con- 
tributed toward its cost as an ex- 
pression to natives who helped 
American forces during the New 
Guinea campaign in World War II. 
The gift plane was the first project 
of a new national organization of 
South Pacific Air vets, and was 
sponsored by the Metropolitan New 
York Squadron of the Air Force 
Association. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



d^ 



The Christian 

and 

The Law 

By Gordon H. Clark, Ph.D. 

Professor of Philosophy, Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind. 




Not only do denominations differ 
over their interpretations of various 
Biblical doctrines, but within each 
denomination individual members 
have their personal peculiarities. 
Therefore when ministers assemble 
for a sedate colloquium or college 
students get together for a friendly 
bull session, and a question on 
Biblical doctrine arises, the discus- 
sion is bound to be interesting. 

Within the past year two such 
meetings took place — one almost 
exclusively of students. It may not 
be so surprising that the subject of 
divine guidance and right conduct 
was taken up at both meetings, but 
it is worthy of note that in the first 
meeting a minister from a liturgical 
and rather formal denomination and 
in the second meeting some stu- 
dents from much more informal 
groups, expressed similar sentiments 
on the Christian's relation to the 
law of God. It may also be worthy 
of note that few of the ministers 
agreed with the minister, while most 
of the students agreed with the stu- 
dents. 

The sentiments referred to em- 
phasized salvation by grace and 
God's nearness to the individual 
soul; but this emphasis went to the 
length of denying that God's com- 
mands, which of course are law, had 
any relevance to the Christian life. 

We are not under law, but under 
grace, they said; and having begun 
in the Spirit, are we now perfected 
in the flesh? The law is not of faith. 
When we were in the flesh, the sin- 
ful passions, which were through the 
law, wrought in our members to 
bring forth fruit unto death; but now 
we have been delivered from the law, 
so that we serve in the newness of 
the spirit and not in the oldness of 
the letter. For the letter killeth, but 
the Spirit giveth life. 

The converse of this repudiation 
of the law is that our daily decisions 
are to be directed immediately by 
the Spirit. The new birth has given 
us a new nature, and in this new na- 
ture the Spirit instructs us what to 



do. The Lord will guide us with His 
eye, and neither the law in the Old 
Testament nor the commands in 
the New Testament lay any obliga- 
tion upon us. They are neither pre- 
requisites for salvation nor guidance 
for life. This substantially, and with- 
out exaggeration, was the position 
maintained. 

On more than one occasion and 
on more than one subject, devout 
men have expressed opinions from 
which others have later drawn dis- 
tressing conclusions. I knew one 
man who took such a serious view 
of divine guidance that one evening 
he stood for an hour in the chicken 
yard waiting for the Spirit to tell 
him whether or not to feed the 
chickens. And I have heard rumors 
of people who pray for guidance as 
to whether or not they should dis- 
obey some Biblical command. In 
previous ages of church history (e.g. 
the early Gnostics) a repudiation of 
the law has led to gross sin. Some- 
one has characterized this antino- 
mianism by a parody on a gospel 
hymn: "Free from the law, O 
blessed condition; I can sin as I 
please and still have remission." 

Such a conclusion was not the in- 
tention of the minister and the stu- 
dents above referred to; but though 
it was far from their intention, each 
one of us must determine whether 
or not this view of law and divine 
guidance leads logically to what is 
absurd or sinful. Each of us must 
also determine what significance 
there is for us in the Ten Command- 
ments and the various command- 
ments and directions in the New 
Testament. 

Perhaps a point of general agree- 
ment from which we may start is ihe 
Biblical teaching that Christ saves 
us not only from the penalty of sin, 
but from sin itself. "He died that we 
might be forgiven; He died to make 
us good." Or, in Scriptural lan- 
guage, "Shall we continue in sin that 
grace may abound? Let not sin 
therefore reign in your mortal 
bodies. For we are his workmanship. 



created in Christ Jesus for good 
works." 

If this be agreed upon, if we all 
admit that we must no longer be the 
servants of sin but must present our 
members as instruments of right- 
eousness unto God, the next ques- 
tion logically is: What is sin, what 
are good works, what is righteous- 
ness? We want to do good works, we 
want to avoid evil works; but how 
can we distinguish between them? 

There need be no vague guess- 
ing as to the answer to these ques- 
tions. The Scripture speaks very 
definitely. The Scripture says pre- 
cisely what sin is. "Sin is the trans- 
gression of the law" (I John 3:4). 
"Where no law is, there is no trans- 
gression" (Rom. 4:15). "Sin is not 
imputed when there is no law" 
(Rom. 5:13). "Through the law 
cometh the knowledge of sin" (Rom. 
3:20). It should be clear then that 
sin is always defined by the law. 
Unless one knows the law of God, 
he cannot know what is wrong, 
evU, or sinful. 

Is it wrong to worship Mary and 
bow before angels? Is it wrong to 
swipe gadgets off a dime-store 
counter? Is it wrong to work on the 
Lord's Day? We do not need to 
stand in a chicken yard waiting for 
an answer to these questions. Divine 
guidance is a wonderful thing; but 
more wonderful is the fact that God 
has already given us His guidance in 
easily understood sentences. 

The converse also follows. If sin is 
what the law forbids, good works 
are those which the law commands. 
No guessing is necessary. The Scrip- 
tures say precisely what good works 
are. Good works are only such as 
God has commanded in His Holy 
Word, and not such as, without the 
warrant of Scripture, are devised by 
men out of blind zeal or upon any 
pretense of good intention. Those 
who vainly worship God, teaching 
for doctrines the commandments of 
men, may have a certain zeal, but 

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January 18, 1958 



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SPIRITUAL LEADERS MAKE STATEMENTS REGARDING THE CURRENT 




satellite 
projects 



Scripture portions indicate that tiie cur- 
rent satellite developments may have some 
prophetic implications, according to an an- 
nouncemen: made today by the Radio De- 
partnient of the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. In order to determine the sig- 
nificance of space travel anl current de- 
velopmental projects, BIOLA has contacted 
some of the nation's outstanding spiriiual 
leaders to get their frank comments and 
views on the subject. These ideas have 
varied greatly and have covered different 
aspects of the subject. 



Dr. J. Vernon McGee, pastor of 
the Church of the Open Door in 
Los Angeles, stated: "I believe 
Scripture makes it very clear that 
man cannot destroy himself. Even 
during the Great Tribulation, when 
all the forces of evil and judgment 
fall upon the earth, the human race 
will not be able to commit suicide. 
The Lord Jesus says: 'Except those 
days were shortened, all flesh will 
be destroyed. Because of the 
elect's sake, those days shall be 
shortened.' In other words, God is 
not going to let man destroy him- 
self." 



Dr. Wilbur Smith, chairman of 
the English Bible Department of the 
Fuller Theological Seminary, was 
asked what prophetic Scriptures de- 
clare concerning space travel and 
satellites. He stated: "There are a 
number of prophecies that have to 
do with disturbances in the heavens. 
This is especially in the Olivet dis- 
course when it talks about the pow- 
ers of the heavens shaken. In the 
Book of Revelation, there is fire 
coming dovra from heaven with 
many other aspects of heavenly dis- 



turbances. I wouldn't say that what 
is now taking place is actually pre- 
dicted in those prophecies, but it is 
certainly turning our attention up- 
ward into the skies where some very 
convulsive phenomena will take 
place." 



Naturally, the satellite discussions 
have created much interest in vari- 
ous areas of life. Dr. Clyde N. Nar- 
ramore, director of Research and 
Guidance for the Los Angeles 
County Schools, was asked how the 
development of missiles has af- 
fected the general public as far as 
mob hysteria is concerned. "This 
current invention has not caused as 
much fear as some of the other dis- 
coveries," he declared. "For ex- 
ample, the telephone. From the 
study of history it seems to me that 
the invention of the wireless tele- 
phone caused more hysteria than 
'sputnik' is causing. I think we will 
soon get over this, and then we will 
be ready for something else later 
on." 



Dr. Bob Shuler, Sr., long noted 
as a crusader for spiritual progress, 
made his feeling known by declar- 
ing: "I certainly think we have been 
discussing these matters and leaving 
God Almighty out of the picture en- 
tirely. I think that the Scriptures and 
the history of God's dealing with 
men would denote that He has plans 
of His own and that He will carry 



them out in spite of us, and in spite 
of all these missiles that may be 
thrown out into space." 



Dr. Don Hillis, co-director of 
Orient Crusades, speaking from the 
missionary field, felt that: "This new 
scientific advancement challenges 
our hearts to believe that nothing is 
impossible today. Perhaps God will 
allow us through unusual means and 
methods in space to reach the entire 
world with the Gospel. That, of 
course, involves a lot of scientific 
difficulties and I'll leave the diffi- 
culties to the scientists. It may well 
be that these 'sputniks' can be used 
to reach people in remote areas that 
we have not been able to contact 
before. My faith reaches out that 
far." 



Dr. Irwin Moon, director of the 
Moody Institute of Science, was 
asked whether or not he felt that 
God will allow human beings lo 
travel into outer space. He de- 
clared: "I see no reason why God 
should limit man particularly. I 
think certainly that He didn't limit 
him in developing the power to go 
out into space. It's just a matter of 
physical energy. Personally I be- 
lieve man has enough rope to hang 
himself." 



A distinguished scientist who is 
also a well-known educator, Dr. 



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Roger Voskuyl, president of West- 
mont College, was asked if he felt 
there would ever be space travel to 
the moon: "Yes, I think it won't be 
too long before that will be a pos- 
sibility. Tremendous developments 
which have taken place in these last 
fifty years are so great that they 
simply indicate what is coming in the 
future. I don't know that I would 
ever want to leave this earth, how- 
ever, for I've seen only a few of 
the wonderful spots that God has 
made here for us to view." 

Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland, presi- 
dent of the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles, has studied astronomy for 
a number of years and pointed out 
several interesting facts about the 
moon. "It is only 238,000 miles 
away. With light travehng 186,000 
miles a second, it only takes light 
one and one-half seconds to reach 
us from the moon. No one knows 
exactly what the surface is like. 
There's no atmosphere there at all. 
When it's hot, it's intensely high 
above the boiling point, and when 
it is cold, it is far, far below freez- 
ing. Perhaps there is a great layer 
of powdery pumice-like material on 
the surface of the moon; no one 
knows for sure. Because of the ter- 
rific changes in temperature, some 
astrophysicists believe that granite 
makes up the contents of the moon 
and that it might be broken down 
on the surface, becoming a finely de- 
composed thick powdery substance. 
So that, if a space ship landed there 
with any speed, it might sink way, 
way in. No one knows for sure." 

Because a number of people have 
asked if there was anydiing in the 
Scriptures concerning satellites. Dr. 
Charles L. Feinberg, director of the 
Talbot Theological Seminary, was 
asked what views he would make on 
the subject. He declared: "The Bible 
has a great deal to say about heaven- 
ly bodies, beginning with Genesis 1 . 
But I would say with reference to 
manmade satellites and space travel 
that it would be difficult to find 
anything either in the Old or the 
New Testament even by way of in- 
ference. It's true that Scripture tells 
us that God made man upright and 
soon he sought out his own 'inven- 
tions,' but that doesn't mean the 
kind of inventions that are going 
on today. The Bible is noncommit- 
tal on the subject of satelUtes." 

A recent survey was made in 
Chicago, III., as to how many people 



beheve that there was a place called 
heaven. Ninety-five percent of the 
people believed that there was. Dr. 
Merv Rosell, outstanding national 
evangeUst, was asked where heaven 
actually is. He stated: "We don't 
have to guess about it. We have 
specific directions in relation to 
heaven — "He stretcheth out the 
north over the empty place, and 
hangeth the earth upon nothing" 
(Job 26:7). We believe that the 
heaven of heavens is in the northern 
sky. In Isaiah 14:12, we read how 
Satan was cast down out of the 
heavens. He wanted the place of au- 
thority occupied possibly by the 
Lord Jesus Christ. In Ezekiel 1:4, 
the Bible speaks specifically of the 
heavens being in the north, because 
the vision of the Lord to the prophet 
Ezekiel came out of the north. God 
spoke to him in that direction. We 
beUeve, according to astronomy, 
that there is an empty place in the 
northern heavens, a regular tun- 
nel through the stars. Out beyond 
that tunnel, what they now call an- 
other milky way, is the heaven of 
heavens." 

Many theologians have been 
teaching that the time of the Lord's 
return is very near. When asked if 
there is anything to prohibit the re- 
turn of Christ to this earth right 
now. Dr. Louis T. Talbot, chancel- 
lor of the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles, answered by saying: "No, 
there isn't. The return of Christ is 
presented to us in the Bible as 
being imminent. He says, 'And there 
shall be signs in the sun and in the 
moon and in the stars.' There are 
going to be great signs in the 
heavenly bodies. What those are, we 
do not know. He goes on to say, 
'And upon the earth, distress of na- 
tions with perplexity.' If anyone 
should ask me to give them one 
word to describe the attitude of gov- 
ernments today in regard to the tur- 
moil of the world, I would use that 
word 'perplexity.' Then, 'men's 
hearts failing them for fear, and for 
looking after those things which are 
coming on the earth: for the powers 
of the heavens shall be shaken.' The 
Lord concluded by saying: 'When 
these things begin to come to pass, 
then look up, and lift up your heads; 
for your redemption draweth nigh,' 
and they shall see the Son of Man 
coming in the clouds with power and 
great glory." 

Further comments concerning the 



return of the Lord were made by 
Dr. Charles E. Fuller, well-known 
director of the Old Fashioned Re- 
vival Hour. He stated: "I think this 
whole matter of space travel needs 
a starting point. Personally, I be- 
lieve that the starting point is to be 
found in Matthew 24 with reference 
to the budding of the fig tree. When 
Israel was recognized back in May 
1948 as a nation among the na- 
tions, after some 2,000 years being 
without a prince and without a king 
and no homeland, I actually believe 
that is the beginning of the budding 
of the fig tree. Satan is a great 
counterfeiter. I think he tries toout- 
guess what is ahead because he 
knows the Book just as well as we 
do, or better. He reads those things 
that are happening today, such as 
space travel, and he's trying to get 
the minds of men and women onto 
this rather than looking forward to 
space travel which for the Christian 
will be in his resurrection body." 

One final interesting comment 
was made by Dr. M. R. DeHaan, 

director of the Radio Bible Class 
which is heard over more than a 
thousand stations every Sunday. He 
forcefully declared: "I do not be- 
lieve that God will allow us space 
travel because I think we have a 
very definite precedent in the 
Scriptures. An attempt was made 
to do the very thing which is being 
tried today. I am referring to the 
attempt of Nimrod in the eleventh 
chapter of Genesis in the building of 
the city of Babel to erect a tower 
whose top would reach into heaven. 
This is the first case on record where 
man sought to explore outer space. 
Their purpose was to reach to the 
heavens. This was the signal of the 
coming down of the Lord in order to 
destroy the works of men. I see it as 
a very definite indication that we are 
fulfilling the same thing today. The 
next thing will be the stepping in of 
the Almighty in order to bring con- 
fusion upon the nations, which will 
put an end to their desire of not only 
controlling the earth without the 
Lord Jesus Christ, but even the 
universe." 

Comments by these national 
spiritual leaders were based upon 
their own views in comparing cur- 
rent news reports with the Scrip- 
tures. Broadcasts of the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles, Inc. are 
heard on a network of 45 stations 
throughout the west and in selected 
areas of the country. 



January 18, 1958 



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The year 1958 marks the 25(rth anniversary of The Brethren 
Church. This is the third in a series of poetic history taken from 
the book entitled: "Ecclesianthem, or A Song of the Brethren," by 
James Y. Heckler, printed in 1883. 

Pictured (right) is the 1743 edition of the Sower Bible which 
was the first complete Bible printed in a European language in 
America. The 1776 edition was famous because the type was made 
by Sower, and was the first Bible printed with type made in America. 




The Brethren in America 



The first emigration of Brethren from Europe to 
America took place in the autumn of 1719, when some 
twenty odd families, with Peter Becker as their leader, 
arrived in Philadelphia. Here they found things quite 
different from what they had been in Europe, and quite 
a different spirit actuated the people. The first thing to 
demand their attention was to provide themselves homes, 
and in doing so they spread out over the country, ajid 
also imbibing of that world spirit which prevailed in 
the land, they became estranged to each other for sev- 
eral years. But afterward they organized themselves 
into a church at Germantown, near Philadelphia. After 
their church was properly organized and in working 
order, they baptized six candidates in the Wissahickon, 
and celebrated the Lord's Supper by holding a love- 
feast at the house of John Gomorry on the 25th day of 
December, 1723. From that day on they continued to 
increase, and the Lord blessed their labors unto this 
day. In the following year they established two con- 
gregations, the one in Coventry, Chester county, and the 
other at Conestoga, Lancaster county, Pa. At the latter 
place they soon had trouble and division, caused by Con- 
rad Bsisel, an ascetic, at the head of a small party, who 
would not hear the church. In these three congrega- 
tions they continued to labor until 1729, when the 
whole body of the church came to America, and spread 
out over the country from Philadelphia to the Blue 
Mountains and the Susquehanna river: from whence they 
afterward emigrated Westward and Southward. 

In the year 1774 Elder Christopher Sower, the printer 
at Germantown, wrote a short Memoir of the Brethren, 
and, in connection with "A Conversation between a 
Father and Son," which covers the whole ground of the 



New Testament, by Alexander Mack, and the thirty- 
nine "Ground-Searching Questions," by Eberhard Lud- 
wig Gruber, with the "Answers from the Church," 
published the same in a small volume in the German 
language. This book was again published in German and 
in English, in one volume, by Elders Henry Kurtz and 
James Quinter, in 1860. 



When Mack and his brethren came over the ocean 
To flee from the fact of the serpent in wrath. 
They found to their joy, there were churches established 
By Becker and others confirmed in the faith. 
From Germantown settlement over the country 
Yet known as Methatchey and further up still- 
From Skippack to Coventry, up into Oley, 
All over the country along the Schuylkill, 
The Brethren were scattered about in the forest. 
Providing for homes when their means were yet small. 
They flourished by industry, none could be idle. 
There was plenty of labor to do for them all. 
But Becker and some of the others remaining 
In Germantown district to labor and toil, 
Composed the first church of the Schwartzenau Breth- 
ren, 
Established by them on American soil. 
Away to the westward the bright Conestoga, 
A beautiful stream in a serpentine vale, 
Attracted the Brethren to live in that valley. 
Where bountiful harvests but seldom would fail. 
And thus they were living away from each other. 
And scattered, one here and one there in the land: 
No longer upon one another dependent; 



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No longer united in heart and in hand. 

But why their dispersions? and why their estrangement? 

You pardon me, Brethren, if here I relate 

The cause of their trouble, their painful division. 

Or why to each other they were alienate. 

That something was wrong in the midst of their 
members, 
Already in Creyfeld, we certainly know. 
But just how it was, or the point of disturbance. 
We now unassumingly venture to show. 
For there, in those trials and dire persecutions, 
The tongue was on fire in the finding of faults: 
The lambs of the flock were exposed to the dragon, 
And knew not to hide from the devil's assaults. 
His hard accusations, his malice and envy. 
The blame that from one on the other was laid. 
The weakness of brethren, the frailty of sisters. 
Considerably much disagreement had made. 
Although they appeared reconciled to each other 
In saiUng towards the American shore, 
They chanced to be turning in their conversation 
To things of occurrence in Creyfeld before. 
It caused a confusion, distractive and painful, 
The blame and the censure made matters still worse. 
And so they were landed in Philadelphia 
Together, but soon they began to disperse. 
And then they were scattered abroad o'er the country. 
Providing for homes, cultivating the soil, 



Improving their dwellings and felling the forests, 

And eating their bread in the sweat of their toil. 

As thus they were hving three years in estrangement. 

When Becker and others considered the case; 

In their consultation they reached the conclusion, 

The way they were living was wrong, and disgrace. 

Because there were people desirous of being 

United with them in the name of the Lord, 

To practice aright aO His holy commandments. 

To keep and obey His infallible word, 

They therefore concluded to start on a visit 

From brother to brother till all they had seen. 

To tell them the object of holding a meeting, 

To come upon terms of forgiveness again. 

Then Becker and Gomorry, Gansz an exhorter — 

These three went to visit the brethren around. 

Appointing a meeting of reconcihation 

And organization so favorably found. 

They freely forgave one another their failings. 

And came to unite in a sociable band 

Of brethren and sisters, obedient and faithful 

In keeping and doing His every command. 

They held a love-feast, the Lord's memorable supper. 

When six were baptized and united in faith. 

By entering into covenant relations with Jesus 

In promising constant obedience till death. 

(continued next issue) 



THE CHRISTIAN AND THE LAW 

(Continued from page 43) 

not according to knowledge. "He 
hath shown thee, O man, what is 
good." 

It should be evident therefore 
that good and evil are defined only 
by the law of God. 

This conclusion is reinforced by 
the strictness with which God enjoins 
obedience. "This is the way, walk 
ye in it. Turn not from it to the 
right hand or to the left. Thou shalt 
not go aside from any of the words 
which I command thee this day, to 
the right hand or to the left." It 
should not be thought that these Old 
Testament principles do not apply to 
us; nor should anyone suppose that 
this is inconsistent with grace. Sal- 
vation in the Old Testament is as 
truly of grace as salvation in the 
New Testament. Justification by 
faith is an Old Testament doctrine: 
Paul took it from Habakkuk. Re- 
generation, which Nicodemus should 
have known about, is explained in 
Ezekiel 36. If therefore grace and 
law are not incompatible in the Old 
Testament, there is no a priori 
reason why they should be so in the 
New Testament. 



However, to make doubly sure 
and not rely wholly on the Old 
Testament, some New Testament 
passages may be adduced. Jesus 
said: "If ye love me, keep my com- 
mandments." And further: "He that 
saith, I know him, and keepeth not 
his commandments, is a liar, and the 
truth is not in him. He that keep- 
eth his commandments dwelleth in 
him. By this we know that we love 
the children of God, when we love 
God and keep his commandments; 
for this is the love of God, that we 
keep his commandments." 

Such specific statements should 
be accepted as decisive. 

There is one final point to be 
made. Someone may now admit that 
we are under obligation to obey 
God's commands, but he may argue 
that in addition to the Bible we need 
further guidance. The Bible is all 
right as far as it goes; but the Chris- 
tian hfe is wider than the Bible, we 
meet situations that Biblical com- 
mands do not cover, and so we must 
look to God for additional informa- 
tion on what to do. After all, is there 
any harm in adding to the Bible, 
provided only that we do not sub- 
tract from it? 

This type of argument, however, 
contradicts the express statement of 



Scripture, and is therefore dishonor- 
ing to God. We are all famihar, no 
doubt, with the phrase, "All Scrip- 
ture is given by inspiration of God," 
but have we carefully read what fol- 
lows? Of course. Scripture is profit- 
able for doctrine, and for instruction 
in righteousness; but for what pur- 
pose? Note the next verse: "That the 
man of God may be perfect [or, per- 
fected], throughly furnished [com- 
pletely furnished, or equipped] unto 
all good works [unto every good 
work]." The statement is compre- 
hensive: it includes every good 
work. There is no good work for 
which the Spirit does not prepare us 
perfectly. It is the law of God stated 
in the Scriptures that defines sin 
and good works. 

God has given us all the guidance 
we need. We do not need Roman 
Catholic tradition; we do not need 
mystic visions; we do not need addi- 
tional revelations. But we do need, 
and need sorely, a great deal of 
Bible study. In the Bible, and in the 
Bible alone, we find the rule of life. 

P.S. If you have chickens, a horse, 
or a pet dog, study Exodus 20:10; 
23:5, 12; Deuteronomy 25:4; Prov- 
erbs 12:10; Matthew 12:11; and feed 
them. 



January IB, 1958 



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Ushers Who Ush 



By Reverend A. F. McClung 



One of the best "salesmen" of 
the church is the usher. He meets 
each worshiper who enters the 
door, and he may add immensely or 
detract perceptibly from the im- 
pressiveness of the worship service. 
Let us pause to consider what he 
does and may do in the average 
church. 

The sins of omission and fre- 
quently those of commission of 
which our ushers are guilty are 
usually caused by thoughtlessness. 
Church ushers are virtually all sin- 
cere and well-intentioned Christian 
men. A little guidance and they ful- 
fill a real mission. The pastor can 
profitably confer frequently with the 
head usher and occasionally with the 
entire group about their work. In- 
expensive books of instructions for 
ushers are available from the pub- 
lishing houses of most or all de- 
nominations. Once we presented 
each usher in the church with a copy 
of such a book and the only price 
exacted of each was that he read it. 
Ushering took on a new meaning to 
these men as new ways of serving 
God's people were revealed to them. 

The first opportunity of the usher 
is to welcome the worshiper with 
a friendly greeting, a sincere smile, a 
handshake, and a copy of the order 
of service. The church member ex- 
pects this; the stranger thirsts for 
it. No church is too large or too 
small for this ministry of friendliness. 
A church may advertise itself as 
"The Friendliest Church Around the 
Corner" and lose more than it gains 
thereby if it does not make good its 
claim. The good usher is reverently 
friendly, of course, and not boister- 
ously so. He remembers that his 
calling as a "doorkeeper in the house 
of the Lord" is sacred. 

Seating the people may not pose 
a problem at the evening service, but 
morning services require wide- 
awake ushers in most churches if the 
folk are not to be allowed to stand 



at the rear of the sanctuary with var- 
ied expressions of bewilderment, 
consternation, and impatience regis- 
tered on their faces. This affects the 
minister, who is about to offer the 
morning prayer, and the congrega- 
tion also senses the distraction. 
Timid worshipers who are left to 
wander about the sanctuary like 
lost sheep do not add to the atmos- 
phere of worship. 

It is required of ushers that there 
be enough of them. Too few for the 
task is little better than none. They 
should work quickly, but should 
never find it necessary to rush. That 
lends a hurried atmosphere to the 
entire service. 

At the evening services, in the 
event of a candlelight program or 
darkness in the sanctuary resulting 
from light failure or any other cause, 
ushers should use small flashlights 
for seating the people. These lights 
are inexpensive, and may be kept 
at some convenient place in the 
church building. 

It is perhaps poor taste to use 
arm bands, lapel buttons, or rib- 
bons to indicate ushers unless it be 
for youth ushers at an evening serv- 
ice, or for some nonworship type 
of meeting. A carnation on the la- 
pel is much more in keeping with 
the mood of the service. Dark cloth- 
ing is more dignified for the usher 
in the average service, but for sum- 
mer services, a corps of servants in 
white forms a pleasing picture. 

A quick check on the hymnal 
racks before services assures the 
ushers that worshipers will be well 
supplied with hymnals, prayer 
books, and any other necessary ma- 
terials. The head usher may take this 
responsibility, but this does not ex- 
cuse each man from keeping eyes 
open for worshipers lacking books. 
Little matters like this sometimes 
mean more to individuals than we 
realize. 

On the printed program, certain 



intervals may be indicated in the 
order of service for the seating of 
latecomers. If not, the minister and 
ushers will have some understand- 
ing in this matter. Under no circum- 
stances should worship be disturbed 
during prayer or the reading of 
Scripture for the seating of late ar- 
rivals. Ushers are responsible to 
the church and the minister for any 
such disturbances, and a person will 
hardly ignore the usher to hunt a 
seat if the usher kindly but firmly 
asks him to wait a moment. 

In the offertory service, uniform- 
ity and semiformality add to the 
dignity and beauty of this climax of 
worship. Let it be planned care- 
fully. The stature of the men who 
march up the aisles together should 
not be a study in contrasts. A Mutt 
and Jeff going together up the aisle 
may provoke giggles from the teen- 
agers. Match up so that when you 
stand in line there will be a gradu- 
ation from tall to short, slim to ro- 
tund, and so on. A quick step is 
better than a casual shuffle, but 
military precision is out of place 
when going from the pew to the 
altar. Nor should ushers be flippant 
in manner when passing the offering 
plates. If the usher remembers that 
he also is a worshiper, he will bet- 
ter perform his duties in the proper 
mood and spirit. 

Finally, the ushering ministers 
should seek to provide for the com- 
fort of every worshiper at all times. 
A good usher will never wait to see 
how long the oxygen will hold out 
in a packed auditorium before he 
provides ventilation. If the janitor 
fails, the usher will ventilate and 
turn on fans or heat as necessary. 
Indefatigably he goes about his 
work, knowing that uncomfortable 
persons carmot worship properly. 

Although working without salary, 
the usher is impressed by the im- 
portance of his service to God's 
people. In case of emergency he 
springs to action, and whether a 
woman has fainted or the building 
has caught on fire, he knows what 
to do and calmly and eff eciently does 
it. He will not be like the youth who 
applied to the theater manager for 
a job as an usher and who, when 
asked what he would do if the build- 
ing caught fire, replied: "Oh, don't 
worry about me; I'll get out all 
right." 

Good ushers are under-shep- 
herds of God's worshipers. Blessed 
are the churches that have them. 



"Reprinted by permission from Church 
Business, publication of the Duplex Enve- 
lope Co." 



The BRETHREN 




EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



JANUARY 25, 1958 







THE 

NATURE OF 

LOVE 

Page 51 



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AN AFRICAN 

OLD 

TESTAMENT 

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THE COST OF 
AN EDUCATION 

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EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President in Charge of Public Relations 



^f^iilS' 




Entering a New Age 

A few weeks ago Rabbi Emeritus C.E.H. Kauvar 
began an article in the Denver Post with these words: 
"As the year of 1957 draws to a close, we enter a new 
age — the age of solar exploration and space travel." 

The eminent rabbi is not the only one to speak of 
these days as the beginning of a new age. In the scien- 
tific world, this year has been designated as geophysical 
year. The leading scientists of America and of 64 na- 
tions are delving into the secrets of the universe. It is al- 
ready evident that tomorrow will bring new concepts 
of speed, time, and distance. Not many years ago people 
did a large share of their traveling by foot. In the 
time they took to draw a breath of air, they walked len 
feet. Now in a mile-a-minute auto they go about 100 
yards in the same period. In a modern jet airliner, how- 
ever, they travel about half a mile while they breathe 
once. It is now declared that by 1975 it will be pos- 
sible to send mail by supersonic missile. Such mail will 
go four and one-half miles while a person draws a 
single breath. Even then such speed will be slow com- 
pared with that of an earth satellite which goes about 
16 miles during one breath. 

It is with a note of pessimism that Rabbi Kauvar, 
like so many other modem prophets, considers ihe 
results of man's efforts, for he adds: "We take pride jn 
the miraculous achievements of science, men's effective 
tools for diffusing knowledge and for girding man with 
power. But man's intellect must be linked to his con- 
science, and unless science is spiritualized, it can be- 
come in the hands of unscrupulous leaders, a Franken- 
stein monster which may destroy our world with fe- 
rocity and violence. Science, with its airplanes, has 
shrunk our world and turned it into a neighborhood. 
Religion alone can transform it into one brotherhood." 

Yes; religion can transform the world into a brother- 
hood, but it must be the right religion. No religion can 
change the world unless it changes the heart. There 
is only one religion that has ever done that — it is 
Christianity. Nineteen hundred years ago Jesus plainly 
indicated this to a Jewish rabbi when he said: "Except 
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of 
God" (John 3:3). 

When will men realize, that the great need of the 
world is spiritual, and that they can never know peace, 
either as nations or individuals, as long as they reject 
Christ, the Prince of Peace? Not until men are ready 
to receive Him do they become "the sons of God," 
and not until they are bom into the family of God (See 
John 1:12-13) will they ever treat each other as broth- 
ers. Furthermore, not until Jesus Christ comes will 
peace cover this earth as the waters cover the sea. Only 
then will man enter a truly new age. 



The Most Unpopular Word 

"How much longer must we hear that tiresome word? 
You men who represent our denominational interests 
should stop using it in the magazine, and you should stop 
talking about it when you travel among the churches." 

We who have the task of publicizing the needs of 
the missionary and educational programs of the church 
often grow sick of using this unpopular word. But at 
such a time as this, particularly when Grace Seminary 
and College, the Foreign Missionary Society, and the 
Home Missions Council are facing the severest tests 
financially in their history, what other word is quite 
so adequate to express their present situation as the 
word "crisis"? 

One day recently, as I sat in my office thinking over 
some of the problems we are facing in the construction 
program at Grace College, a printed letter came to my 
desk. It had been prepared by Dr. John W. Murray, the 
president of Shelton College, a fine Christian school iin 
New Jersey. Dr. Murray was endeavoring to bring to 
the attention of his constituency the difficult financial 
problems of the school. One paragraph in particular 
caught my eye: 

"Believe me when I say that at first I hesitated to 
emphasize once again the absolute necessity of securing 
this S60,000 as quickly as possible, I was reluctant to 
present another crisis of need in our reconstruction pro- 
gram already so blessed of God. In prevailing prayer, 
however, I found that I was on completely Scriptural 
grounds. Why must there be one crisis after another in 
the pathway of victory and obedience? Daniel faced 
crisis after crisis, did he not? God's Old Testament peo- 
ple faced the giants and the walled cities, then the rolling 
of the mighty Jordan, as well as tjie walls of Jericho. 
If we walk by faith, we shall never know the suffi- 
ciency of faith until we trust Him for one impossibility 
after another. To walk by faith we must march through 
the miracles. We must follow Him independent of ad- 
vantage. We must follow Him for His own dear sake." 

Dr. Murray's letter brought me face to face with 
something I had almost forgotten. I wonder how many 
of our Brethren pastors and laymen need to be reminded 
of the same great truth from the Word of God. The 
history of the church for the past two thousand years 
is the story of her passing from one crisis to another. 
Brethren, let us never lose sight of the fact that we 
need not hesitate or stagger before the obstacles that 
many times appear to be overwhelming in size. It is 
in the crisis hour that God always delights to bare 
His mighty arm and save His people. Let us not, 
like Peter, listen to the howling of the winds and look 
upon the dark foreboding clouds to the extent that we 
lose sight of Christ. Let us rather listen once again to 
His promises, and as we look in faith beyond the 
clouds, let us join together and say: "It shall be done!" 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20. NUMBER 4 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer. secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; William Male, Mark Malles. Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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^Ue J\latu^e o^ ^aoe 



By George Cripe, Student, Grace Seminary 



(During their college years, many young 
people meet someone and make a decision 
concerning the one who is to become their 
life's companion. Because this is one of 
the most important decisions of life, and 
perhaps because several such decisions are 
always announced after the Christmas holi- 
days, and perhaps also because Valentine's 
day is near, we print this message, preached 
by George Cripe on the occasion of the 
marriage of his brother Carl to Marjorie, 
on August 17, 1957, in Modesto, Calif. 

The joining in marriage of two 
young people recalls a scene I saw 
once high in the Sierra Nevada 
Mountains. Two little streams were 
rushing down a mountainside and 
at a certain point they met, flowed 
together and moved forward as one 
larger current. In a sense, this illus- 
trates what is happening to these 
young people. Here are two lives 
that have been Uved independently 
up to this point. Now they are to be 
joined, and from this day forward 
they will move onward together as 
one current of life, a richer, fuller 
and deeper life because of this union. 

The mysterious and powerful 
force which binds two hearts to- 
gether is love. 

The Bible says that love is the 
strongest force in the universe. 
"Love is stronger than death," and 
Scripture says that when everything 
else fails, love will succeed, for 
"love never fails." 

Love is a blessed and beneficial 
force. When a man experiences love, 
he becomes more manly, and when a 
woman falls in love, she becomes 
more radiant, lovely, and beautiful. 
Love exerts a wholesome, buoyant, 
and satisfying influence upon us. 

Love is an enduring force. If 
everything else crashes around these 
two young people, love will still hold 
them secure. Prominence may never 
come their way, wealth may pass 
them by or melt away, health may 
fail; but love will remain, sheltering 
and strengthening them against the 
waves of personal tragedy. 

Most important, love is one of 
God's own attributes. God is love. 
The cross of Jesus Christ illustrates 



His love. God gave His only be- 
gotten Son to die for our sins on 
that cross, for one reason — because 
He loved us. Christ loved us and 
gave himself for us. Love is power- 
ful, and blessed, and enduring be- 
cause love is of the very nature of 
God. 

Love is sacrificial. The strength of 
love is to be found in what one is 
willing to sacrifice for the one whom 
he loves. God was willing to sacrifice 
His own Son for us. If we could de- 
velop in our homes a sort of "rival- 
ry for sacrifice," our family life 
would be transformed. Try it some 
week. Instead of seeing how much 
you can get, see how much more 
than your partner you can give. You 
will discover that this spirit is con- 
tagious. It catches easily and spreads 
rapidly. 

Love hallows and sanctifies every 
relationship of life. Under the quick- 
ening influence of love, duties of the 
home are transformed into privi- 
leges, and monotonous tasks become 
joyous rather than irksome. Love is 
like the old Philosophers' Stone 
which turned everything it touched 
into gold. There is no drudgery in 
the heart of her whose eyes are alight 
with expectancy of the arrival of 
her beloved. 

Love is expressed in the small 
things of hfe. A husband sends his 
wife flowers for no particular reason 
other than just to let her know that 
he loves her. A wife after a hard day 
of housework makes herself attrac- 
tive for her husband who is coming 
home from work simply because she 
knows how much he appreciates it. 
Love is expressed even in the small- 
est things. 

Love is forgiving. God's love ex- 
pressed itself in His great act of for- 
giveness for us. We have offended 
Him, we have insulted Him, and 
worst of all, we have ignored Him; 
but God has forgiven us freely 



through the cross of Christ where all 
of our sins against Him were atoned 
for. All of this sprang from His great 
heart of love. One of the strangest 
and saddest puzzles in the universe 
is why any thinking person would 
want to reject this love of God. Un- 
fortunately some are spurning His 
love this very moment. In the man- 
ner of a true lover, God is not co- 
ercive. It is only "to as many as re- 
ceive him" that He gives "the power 
to become the sons of God" (John 
1:12). 

Now here is a word of advice, not 
only to you young people, but to 
any who are married or contemplat- 
ing marriage, or even to those who 
are incurably single. It is this: Put 
Jesus Christ first in your life. If 
Christ is first, and if you will take 
time each day to meditate on His 
Word and seek His will, you wiU ex- 
perience a great uplift in every phase 
of your life — your married life, 
your social hfe, and your business 
life. If you will keep Christ at the 
center, everything else will fall into 
perfect place. 

Finally, lose yourselves in Chris- 
tian service. Keep Christ first, keep 
each other second, and then lose 
your life in service for Christ and 
for others. The only life that will 
experience no regrets at the end of 
the trail is the one that has been 
lived unselfishly — in love. 

What is love? Like life, it is a 
mystery. It is strong, it is whole- 
some, it is sacrificial, it is forgiving, 
transforming, and tender. It is more 
than these; it is Godlike. 

Those who seek a successful mar- 
riage will do well to think seriously 
about St. Paul's advice: 

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own 
husbands, as unto the Lord. . . . Husbands, 
love your wives, even as Christ also loved 
the church and gave himself for it. . . . 
For this cause shall a man leave his father 
and mother, and shall be joined unto his 
wife, and they two shall be one flesh . . . 
let everyone of you in particular so love his 
wife even as himself; and the wife see that 
she reverence her husband" (Eph. 5:22-33). 



January 25, 1958 



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An African Old Testament 



By S. Wayne Beaver 



For the sun-tanned people of the 
dark continent, the Lord has gra- 
ciously supplied light for infected 
eyes, heat for poorly-clad bodies, 
and sufficient food for their phys- 
ical needs. Not only is He faithful in 
caring for these temporal needs, but 
He is also Jehovah Jireh in pro- 
viding for their spiritual needs. The 
innate hunger in every man's soul 
for the truth of the living God is 
being satisfied in Oubangui-Chari as 
thousands are accepting Christ as 
their living Saviour. But as babes 
in Christ they must be "nourished 
up in the words of faith and of good 
doctrine." 

For years our Christians have 
had the New Testament in the Sango 
language that they might feed there- 
on and grow in the Lord. It has been 
a growth that, to our Western eyes, 
has been extremely slow. But, as 
political growth is being forced on 
this people at a tremendous pace so 
must we beseech the Lord of the 
vineyard that spiritual maturity in 
our African Christians might also 
be developed as the Holy Spirit 
works through them in bringing con- 
viction of sin and in drawing others 
to Christ. 

No Old Testament 

As Christians believing "the Bible, 
the whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible," the burden of producing the 
Old Testament in the Sango lan- 
guage has been heavy upon our 
hearts. A people with a limited por- 
tion of the Word of God are neces- 
sarily a people limited in their con- 
ception of the omnipotent God. 
Prophecy proclaimed in the Old 
Testament and fulfilled in the New 
Testament is a great sustaining fac- 
tor in our faith. Yet, after thirty- 
seven years of missionary activity 
in Oubangui-Chari and the Chad, 
not one of the eight missionary so- 
cieties serving in these territories 
has completed the entire Bible, 
either individually or collectively, in 
a language of these peoples. 

Translators Now at Work 

We're looking forward anxiously 
to the result of thirteen years work 
as the completion of the Old 




Wayne Beaver ('43) and Marvin Goodman ('45) with their African helpers, at work cor- 
recting manuscripts of the Old Testament translation. 



Testament in Sango draws near. 
Long hours have been spent as 
translators have prepared manu- 
scripts to be presented to the Inter- 
missions Language Committee for 
final correction and revision. Some 
of the manuscripts have been pre- 
pared by members of our Mission. 
Dr. Taber prepared the translation 
of Amos; Rev. Marvin Goodman, 
part of II Kings; the writer, Leviti- 
cus, Nahum, part of II Kings, with 
Job now in preparation. 

For this primary translation our 
experience has proved that no one 
English or French version can be 
followed blindly. We have also 
found little semblance of agreement 
among the various commentators on 
such books as Job, Isaiah, and so 
forth. For example, in Isaiah 34:14 
the Hebrew word "lilith" is variously 
rendered as "screech owl," "night 
monster," "night hag," "night vam- 
pire," "ghost demon," and "wicked 
fairy." Hence our first (and great- 
est) problem is one of Biblical her- 
meneutics, as version is compared 
against version, and commentary 
against commentary, and finally 
concordances and Hebrew lexicons 
are used in an attempt to settle 
immediate problems. For such work 
seminary training is a prerequisite. 
A knowledge of the use of these 
tools for Biblical interpretation can 
only be gained effectively through 
formal training, such as that which 
is being supplied at Grace Seminary. 



Correction of Manuscripts 

In addition to these primary 
translations, two months each year, 
generally February and August, are 
spent when we gather together as a 
committee to correct and revise the 
manuscripts of the various Old 
Testament books. For this task a 
representative group of eight to ten 
African Christians meet with us to 
advise concerning African language 
style. For example, they tell us that 
one doesn't say "I'm hungry," but 
rather "hunger kills me"; nor does 
one say "I smell . . ." but "I hear 
the odor." To say "fear siezes me" 
is better than "I'm afraid"; and of 
course all "hear with the liver" 
when called on to "believe." 

The Satisfying Result 

As this group are the first Chris- 
tians of Oubangui-Chari to hear 
many of the wonderful truths of 
these portions of the Word, it is 
extremely interesting to see their 
faces light up, and to hear their 
"ah! ah! ah!" as some new truth 
comes home to their hearts. 

As we see God working in Africa, 
"the Lord who daily loadeth us with 
benefits," so it is our prayer that He 
will also supply the needs of the 
seminary which prepares mission- 
aries for this service. Let's remem- 
ber our seminary in our giving at this 
time of the year! 



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ALUMNI AT WORK 



AFRICAN MISSIONARIES WRITE 

It is exceedingly important to re- 
duce the great truths of the Chris- 
tian faith into simple terms that they 
may more readily enter human 
hearts. At Grace Seminary the em- 
phasis was such, and in teaching at 
the Bible Institute here I find the 
same to be true. Thus, the lessons 
learned during student days are now 
doing the work of God by establish- 
ing a strong well-taught church in 
Africa — Harold L. Dunning ('40). 




In the beginning days at Akron, 
we recognized that the hand of the 
Lord our God was upon us, both 
individually and as a group. At 
Grace Seminary I learned to know 
the Lord more intimately, and the 
lessons I learned there have been 
invaluable as they help me to live 
and work for Him out here. — Mar- 
guerite G. Dunning ('40). 




We are surely for Grace! The 
school is constantly in our prayers. 
It was the seminary that furnished 
us the necessary equipment for our 
Master's service. Whatever we have 
ever accompUshed for Christ in 
Africa is largely the fruit and harvest 
of seed sown first in the classrooms 
at Grace Seminary. Our church can- 
not continue to grow or properly 
function without her. May she grow 
and increase and send forth many 
more laborers into the Lord's har- 
vest field.— Robert WiUiams ('40). 

January 25, 1958 



SEMINARY OPENS 
IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL 



(Editor's note: The investment made in 
Grace Theological Seminary during the past 
twenty years has p^^id tremendous dividends 
to The "Brethren Church. A survey of the 
number of alumni now at worlt in Breth- 
ren pastorates, schools and mission fields 
is a thrilling one which has been told more 
than once in these columns. The seminary 
has also made its contribution, however, to 
the Lord's wm-k outside The Brethren 
Church. It would take many pages to tell 
the whole story of this influence. The fol- 
lowing article written by R°" Don-^ld H^re 
('43) and adapted from "The message." 
a publication of the Association of Baptists 
for World Evangelism, tells of the rc°nt 
opening of a new seminary in Brazil. This 
is a step which m^y b*^ of real value to our 
own Brethren work in that country. — P.R.B.) 



Despite the fact that Sao Paulo 
is considered the fastest growing 
metropolis in the world and, as Time 
magazine indicated, a new building 
is completed every ninety minutes, 
the locating of rooms for the new 
Baotist Bible Seminary and Institute 
was not an easy task. However, in 
soite of these problems, the Lord 
directed to a central location. Be- 
cause of the size of the citv (larger 
than Philadelphia) and the system of 
transportation, locating the school 
in the center seemed to us impera- 
tive. Our deductions proved correct. 

When the school opened late 
last spring 32 students were ma- 
triculated in the Christian Educa- 
tion and Practical Bible Courses. 
Because of the lack of space it is 
necessary to limit the enrollment in 
one of the courses to fifteen stu- 
dents. In other words, the school 
has outgrown its present quarters. 

This semester only evening-school 
classes are offered. However, the 
plan is to start day school for both 
seminary and Bible institute next 
semester. 

With the Lord's blessing we trust 
the seminary will become a great 
Christian training center for many 
Brazilian young people in this 
metropolitan section of Brazil. Thus, 
despite the fact that property is ex- 
tremely high, we are looking to the 
Lord for the purchase of the same 
and the construction of a building. 
—Donald Hare ('43). 




Rev. Donald Hare 



"GRACE TO GRACE" 




Vernon Duerksen 

"From Grace to Grace and back 
to. Grace" seems to be my testimony 
as I think back over the years that 
have just elapsed. Upon my gradua- 
tion from Grace Bible Institute in 
1954, the Lord led Marilyn and me 
to Grace Theological Seminary, of 
Winona Lake, Ind., to pursue fur- 
ther studies in His Word. Last spring 
I found myself once again in gradua- 
tion regalia as a member of the 
seminary graduating class. As the 
Lord has now led us back to Grace 
Bible Institute to join the Public 
Relations Staff, we can only say 
with thankfulness, "The Lord hath 
done great things for us; whereof we 
are glad" (Ps. 126.3). — Vernon 
Duerksen ('57). 

(Note: Grace Bible Institute is located in 
Omaha, Nebr.. and has sent a sizable number 
of students to Grace Seminary after the 
completion of their work at that school. — 
P.R.B.) 

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Did You Know That— 



. . . education above high school is considered so vital 
to the welfare of our country and a matter of such 
national urgency that the problem is now receiving 
special attention from President Eisenhower? 



. . . America today is enjoying its greatest era of pros- 
perity, but higher education, which has made most of 
this possible, today is suffering from acute financial de- 
pressions? 



. . . the level of literacy in the nation is rising to such 
an extent that better-educated and more highly-trained 
citizens are required for every walk of life? 



. . . never in history has the need for educated lead- 
ership been so acute? 



. . . industry is looking more and more to the colleges 
for capable men and women to fill places of responsi- 
bility m our expanding economy? 



. . . the church needs a trained leadership as never 
before to meet changing world conditions? 



. . . almost twice as many babies were bom in the 
United States in 1956 as in 1936? 



... to provide higher education for the youth who 
will seek to enter college ten years from now, America 
will have to build as many colleges as she did from the 
days of the Pilgrim fathers to the present time? 

. . . hundreds of thousands of high-school graduates 
will endeavor to enter college by 1 967 with no oppor- 
tunity to enroll in any school? 



... if Brethren young people are to be assured a place 
of training beyond the high school, the time to do some- 
thing about the problem is NOW? 



. . . President Eisenhower and many of our national 
leaders are realizing that the greatest need of America 
today is spiritual? 



. . . higher education enrollments are increasing even 
faster than the population? 



. . . very few of the colleges and universities now in 
existence are contributing anything at all to the spirit- 
ual development of their students? 



... in 1900 only 4 percent of the country's youth 
attended college; today more than 30 percent are en- 
rolled? 



. . . the college-age group is now at the lowest point in 
25 years; yet enrollments are at the highest level in his- 
tory? 



. . . colleges and universities have tripled their en- 
rollment since 1930? 



. . . enrollment in colleges and universities is expected 
to double by 1967? 

... in 30 years, from 1940 to 1970, the number of 
high-school graduates will increase one million? 

. . . the present resources for providing post-high 
school educational opportunity for young people all 
over America are approaching the limit of capacity? 

. . . facilities for educating twice as many students 
in 1967 as now are enrolled in college will have to be 
twice as great as they are now? 



... the educational program of Grace College is 
geared to the whole person, and therefore seeks to de- 
velop the student spiritually, as well as intellectually? j 

. . . the present building on tne Grace campus was de- 
signed to properly care for 180 students; yet nearly twice 
that many are enrolled today? 



. . . two new buildings, absolutely necessary to our 
educational program, are under construction at a cost, 
including equipment, of $410,000? 



... in recent years a number of individual churches 
have undertaken their own construction programs, 
ranging in cost from $30,000 to $300,000? 



... an outlay of $410,000 is not too large an under- 
taking for all the churches of our National Fellowship? 

. . . the board of trustees is asking our churches to 
adopt a goal of providing for one square foot of floor 
space in the new buildings at a cost of approximately 
$10 per member? 



. . . there are at present 230,000 college teachers in 
America; by 1970 at least an additional 250,000 teach- 
ers will be needed? 



. . . your investment in the Grace College building pro- 
gram is an investment in the welfare of your own fam- 
ily, your church, your community, your country? 



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CAMPUS NE^A^S 



CHRISTIAN TEACHERS 

By Miss Ava Schnitt-jer 



This classroom was different from 
any I had been in since I entered 
Grace. I felt strangely out of place; 
yet here I had to be. The only 
prayer offered at the beginning of 
class was the silent one in my heart, 
for this was not a famihar Grace 
classroom. This was Warsaw High 
School, and I was about to teach 
my first English lesson as a student 
teacher. 

Yes; I was one of the five ssnior 
women who did student teaching in 
the Warsaw area schools this fall. 
Mrs. Alva (Janice) Conner and Ro- 
berta Sprowls had first-grade class- 
es at East and West Ward Schools. 
Willa Leidy taught a West Ward sec- 
ond grade and Mrs. Charles (Mari- 
lyn) Winter taught an East Wayne 
third grade, while I taught junior 
and senior English at the high 
school. 

We had all anticipated the event 
with many doubts, tremblings, and 
questions; but when the required 90 
hours of teaching and observation 
were recorded in our student logs, 
we were sorry to leave "our stu- 
dents." The Lord was our constant 
guide and He helped us in our teach- 
ing so that we were able to leav? 



a favorable impression for His glory 
and for the school. 

We even debated among ourselves 
about which one of us had the best 
critic or supervising teacher. Finally 
we agreed that none of us could 
have asked for a more capable or 
more helpful teacher. Among these 
supervising teachers were Mrs. 
Homer Kent, Sr., third grade teach- 
er at East Wayne, Mamie Brad- 
dock, organist at the First Baptist 
Church, of Warsaw, and an English 
teacher at Warsaw High School. 

When the student teaching pro- 
gram began at Grace, the area 
teachers were a bit reluctant to 
take the responsibility of being 
supervising teachers. But this fall 
one of those same teachers told Dr. 
Uphouse, head of the education de- 
partment, that she would welcome 
any more teachers from Grace who 
were as efficient as those of the past 
two years. The Warsaw Superintend- 
ent of Schools and the principals 
have been very favorable toward 
Grace's program of teacher train- 
ing. 

Next semester six more seniors — 
Anne Kliever, Esther Moeller, Bob 
Firl, Dale Hostetler, Don Locke, 




and Larry Wedertz — will enter the 
public schools as student teachers. 
The future promises even more stu- 
dents ready to teach, for 85 Grace 
students have declared their inten- 
tions of preparing themselves for 
teaching certificates. They not only 
will be prepared but also will be 
placed in public schools. Christian 
day schools, or mission station 
schools. The assurance of this 
statement comes from the fact that 
every quahfied education student 
who has graduated from Grace has 
had an opportunity to teach. The 
teacher training program at Grace 
College has already proved its value. 
— Elener R. Norris. 




Miss Whitaker 



Miss Hammers 



Seated, left to 



•igiit: Roberta Sprowls and Mrs. Alva Conner. Standing, left to right' 
Willa Leidy, Mrs. Charles Winter, and Elener Norris. 



Freshman Nancy Whitaker in her 
philosophy of teaching writers: "I 
feel that a teacher in the pubUc 
schools of today is actually a mis- 
sionary. Many places you aren't al- 
lowed to mention any particular re- 
ligion, but still Christ can and should 
be shown to your pupils through 
your life, and many times there are 
opportunities of showing them the 
way of salvation. 

"In my opinion a teacher has a 
great opportunity, but also a very 
great responsibility — to the pupil, to 
the parents, to society in general, 
and most important, to the Lord." 

Janet Hammers, freshman from 
Seattle, Wash., writes: "I believe that 
education is one of the most im- 
portant things in a child's life to 
help him to develop into a proper 
citizen, and the teacher is one of the 
most important influences on the 
child's life. Thus, with the Lord's 
help, it is my aim to be the best 
possible teacher, to guide the chil- 
dren, to help them to grow up to 
be good citizens, and to tell them 
of the love of God for them." 



January 25, 1958 



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A startling headline in the "Col- 
lege and University Bulletin" at- 
tracted my attention. Perhaps it was 
because 1 am supersensitive these 
days to the financial problem that is 
facing higher education. The head- 
line read: "Students now pay one- 
sixth to one-third educational costs." 
This could be confusing if it were 
not for the fact that the article went 
on to say that from two-thirds io 
five-sixths of the total went to pay 
living expenses. 

What Does This Mean? 

In tax-supported institutions the 
division of expense is one-sixth and 
five-sixths, while in private colleges, 
such as Grace, it is one-third and 
two-thirds. This means that for such 
items as tuition, fees, textbooks, 
and study materials students are 
paying one-third of the entire cost 
of an education, while for room, 
board, clothes, travel, recreation or 
entertainment students are paying 
two-thirds of the total cost. This, of 
course, is a general average across 
the country. If anything, at Grace 
the proportion is nearer one-fourth 
and three fourths. 

In 1956-57 the cost for education 
doubled over that in the year 1939- 
40. In the average college across the 
country in 1939-40 the total amount 
for an education was $1,023 per 
year. It raised to S2,047 in 1956- 
57. It will be of interest to Breth- 
ren people to know that the cost at 
Grace for 1956-57 was a total of 
about $1,000, just half that in other 
privately operated liberal arts col- 
leges. 

But That Leads to Another Matter 

How is this money raised to sup- 
port the various institutions of 
higher learning? The answer is two- 
fold: from tuition and fees paid by 
the student, and from sources other 
than the student. For state-owned 
institutions students paid about 20 
percent of the cost for tuition and 
fees, while the state paid about 80 
percent in taxes. In privately-owned 
schools, the students paid about 60 
percent of the cost of tuition and 
fees, while the other 40 percent was 
raised by gifts, endowment, scholar- 
ships and such. At Grace College the 
student is paying about 50 percent 
of the cost of his education. 

This is bound to raise some ques- 
tions in the minds of Brethren peo- 
ple. And it is only right that it 
should. Where is the other 50 per- 
cent for tuition and fees comina 




By Herman A. Hoyt, Th.D., Dean, Grace Seminary and College 



from to pay the cost of educating 
each student here at Grace College? 
There is one over-all answer — 
from the gifts given by Brethren 
people. We have no endowment. 
There is just one scholarship given 
from the outside — that is from Grace 
alumni. All other scholarships are 
given by the school, which means 
that they ultimately come from the 
gifts of Brethren people. 

What About Buildings? 

So far I have been telling you 
about what it takes to operate the 
school, not the cost of buildings. 
Since every penny raised annually 
must be used for current expenses, 
it is necessary to raise funds in ad- 
dition to erect needed buildings. 
However, it must be said that 
amortization of remaining indebted- 
ness on buildings has been coming 
out of operating expenses. It is re- 
markable that in The Brethren 
Church we have been able to ac- 
complish so much with so little. This 
can only be explained in terms of 
the providence of a great and gra- 
cious God. 

Have You Thought About the 
Faculty? 

In comparing the financial status 
of Grace Seminary and College with 
other schools, there is one factor that 
emerges from the picture to explain 



why it has been possible to operate 
our school within the present limits. 
The faculty has been so dedicated 
and loyal that they have been will- 
ing to work on limited incomes, and 
to do things that are ordinarily 
turned over to assistants and to sec- 
retaries. With rising living costs and 
a growing student body, this cannot 
long continue. But it does explain 
why it has been possible to keep the 
cost of education to each student 
and to the church in general at a 
minimum. 

What About the Future? 

In the most absolute sense, the 
future is in God's hands. But in an- 
other, and in a very real sense, the 
future is also in the hands of Breth- 
ren people. Costs for education are 
rising, not because the board of 
trustees or the faculty make it so. 
Like everyone else, those in whose 
hands the direction of the school 
rests must move with the times and 
changing circumstances. Growing 
population means more facilities and 
additional faculty members to edu- 
cate young men and women. These 
young men and women are ours, 
given to us of God. We have a re- 
sponsibility to them and to God. 
And there is no better place to make 
a lasting investment than in them. 
Let us rise to the emergency that is 
upon us. 



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Grace College 
Accreditation 



inactive Musical Instruments 



By Philip Landrum 



Grace College is progressing 
steadily toward standard regional 
accreditation, announced Professor 
Humberd. He said that in three to 
five years, Grace will be accredited 
in the North Central Region, a sec- 
tion including 19 states. 




Professor Jesse Humberd 

According to Humberd the steady 
progression of a good school has 
been made possible by a change in 
emphasis on the requirements the 
school must meet, a change from 
quantitative to qualitative require- 
ments. The qualitative requirement 
for accreditation is simply that the 
school reach the goal that it is work- 
ing toward in the training of stu- 
dents. He said that this is a big im- 
provement over the quantitative re- 
quirement of the past that empha- 
sized a certain number of doctors' 
degrees before accreditation. 

Professor Humberd explained 
that Grace College has armual ac- 
creditation and that the only dif- 
ference between this and standard 
accreditation is that the former must 
be renewed eacfi year. He also stated 
that the changing position of the col- 
lege in its endeavor to become self- 
supporting and separate from the 
seminary will help a great deal. 

Humberd, who will be attendmg 
Ohio University next semester work- 
ing on his doctor's degree in math- 
education, said that the state educa- 
tors have been happy with the posi- 
tion, progression and goals of the 
school. 




The Music Department of Grace 
College is in need of musical instru- 
ments to be used in band and 
orchestra, and in the training of 
students, particularly in the field 
of school music. Since funds are so 
limited at this time, the purchase of 
necessary instruments is impos- 
sible. We are wondering if there 
are not many friends of the school 
who have in their attics and closets 
instruments they never use and have 
no prospects of using. These might 
very well meet our need, and the 
contribution you might make in an 



instrument might prove more val- 
uable than a large cash donation. 

At present the school owns no 
such instruments. You do not have 
a band or an orchestral instrument 
in good condition that we would 
not be glad to have. If there is any 
question about whether we would 
be able to use your instrument, or 
whether we would want to make 
needed repairs to put it into use, 
please write Professor Donald 
Ogden, Grace College, Winona 
Lake, Ind. Your response will be 
appreciated and your gift will be 
considered "as unto the Lord." 



GIFTS TO GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

November and December 1957 





General 
Fund 
$8.00 
22.00 
17.00 
50.00 
41.00 
22.00 
12.00 
95.50 
17.00 
131.50 
9.00 
114.00 
200.00 
36.50 
70.00 
36.00 
37.00 
18.00 
20.00 
18.00 
2.00 
89.00 

75.00 

267.77 

46.00 

143.50 

81.00 

374.70 

13.62 

25.00 

17.67 

9.00 

121.25 

33.50 

75.50 

50.00 

14.00 

81.00 

4.00 

79.00 

30.00 

1.00 

25.00 

1,010.77 

1,461.06 

1,939.00 

12.50 
251.77 
63.50 
95.46 


Building 
Fund 
$23.00 














Altoona, Pa. (First) 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 

Barbee Lake, Ind 


25.00 
28.00 




32.00 




42.50 




3.00 












17.00 




45.00 


Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) . . 


15.00 


Dallas Center, Iowa 




Dayton, Ohio (First) 

Dayton, Ohio (N. R'vd'Ie.) 
Dayton, Ohio (P. Park) . . . 
Dryhill, Ky 


270.00 
22.50 
10.80 


















Fort Lauderdale. Fla 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First).. 
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace).. 
Fremont, Ohio (Grace) ... 


5.00 
119.00 


Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 
Hagerstown, IVId. (Grace) . 
Harrah, Wash 


48.00 

137.50 

8.75 




110.00 


HoUidaysburg, Pa 






90.00 






Kittanning, Pa. (First) . . . 
LaVeme, Calif 


27.00 


Leon, Iowa 


1.00 


Long Beach, Calif. (First) 
Long Beach, Calif. (North) 
Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) . 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville Grace) 


362.50 

329.50 

2.00 


Meyersdale, Pa. (First) . . . 
Middlebranch, Ohio 


55.50 



General Building 
Fund Fund 
125.00 
39.00 



44.00 
5.00 
39.52 
39.50 
2.00 



20.00 
30.00 
77.50 

4.00 
5.40 
10.00 



16.00 
77.00 
40.57 
63.16 
5.00 
65.00 



115.50 



13.00 

400.00 

2.00 

14.00 



Modesto, Calif. (LaLoma) 

New Troy, Mich 

North English, Iowa 

Osceola, Ind 

Oxnard, Calif 

Ozark, Mich 

Palmyra, Pa 

Peru, Ind 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) . . 
Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) . 

Phoenix, Ariz 

Portis, ICans 

Rittman, Ohio 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) ... 

San Diego, Calif 

San Jose, Calif 

Seal Beach, Calif 

Seven Fountains, Va 

Sidney, Ind 157.50 

South Bend, Ind , 

South Gate, Calif. . . . 
South Pasadena, Calif. 

Spokane, Wash 

Stoystown. Pa 

Troy, Ohio 

Warsaw, Ind 

Washington, D. C. ... 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Waynesboro, Pa 171.35 

West Alexandria, Ohio . . . 8.00 

Whittier, Calif. (First) . . . 151.00 571.00 

Winona Lake, Ind 966.96 761.50 

Wooster, Ohio 238.11 66.50 

Bequests 20.000.00 

Isolated Brethren 23.50 

Non-Brethren 720.00 1,659, 

Maintenance Gifts 710.00 

Seminary Student Body . . 468.04 60.00 



17.50 



54.79 
731.30 
117.49 

48.50 



73.50 



Totals 32,369.88 7,865.08 

Designated Gifts: 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) $25.00 

Glendale, Calif 5.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 100.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 491.00 

Martinsburg, Pa 5.47 

Sidney, Ind 80.00 

Washington, D. C 8.80 

Winona Lake, Ind 199.83 

Non-Brethren 581.00 



Totals 1,496.10 



January 25, 7958 



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News 




HAGERSTOWN, MD. The Mid- 
Atlantic District laymen will meet 
here at the Grace Brethren Church 
on Feb. 15. Warren Tamkin will be 
host pastor. 

TOPPENISH, WASH. Regular 
services were begun Jan. 5 at the 
Grace Brethren Church here. There 
were 26 present for Sunday school 
and 27 for church. Donald Farner 
is pastor. The address of the church 
is: Box 426. 

AKRON, OHIO. Mrs. Russell 
Ogden, injured recently in an auto- 
mobile accident, was returned home 
by ambulance the day before 
Christmas, and at last report is I'e- 
covering nicely. She is the wife of 
Russell Ogden, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church. A word of ap- 
preciation is expressed by Brother 
and Sister Ogden for the many who 
united in prayer for them. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. 
Rev. Howard Vulgamore has been 
transferred to the Veteran's Hos- 
pital (Ridgecrest Drive S.E., Albu- 
querque, N. Mex.) here. Brother 
Vulgamore was injured seriously 
on Dec. 25 by gunshot (See Jan. 1 1 
and 18 issues for details.) He and 
Mrs. Vulgamore desire to express 
their sincere appreciation for the 
prayers of Brethren people across 
the nation. 



SIDNEY, IND. Rollin Sandy, 
president of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Laymen, and a student 
in Grace College, accepted the call 
to become pastor of the Sidney 
Brethren Church and assumed his 
duties on Jan. 26. Dr. James Boyer 
has been interim pastor. 

STORKVILLE. Ivan Wayne was 
born to Rev. and Mrs. Solon Hoyt 
on Jan. 5 in Evans City, Pa. Broth- 
er and Sister Hoyt are missionaries 
on furlough from Argentina. 

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. The ad- 
dress of the new church here is 3455 
Atlas St., Zone 11. Archer Baum is 
pastor. Please add to Annual. 

BARBEE LAKES, IND. Eleven 
new members were added to the Bar- 
bee Brethren Church following bap- 
tismal services on Dec. 22. Another 
group awaits baptism. George Cripe 
is pastor. 

SPECIAL. All those desiring io 
have their 1957 Brethren Heralds 
bound should get them to the Herald 
office by Feb. 10. 

ROANOKE, VA. Wm. (Bill) 
Howard has resigned as pastor of 
the Clearbrook Brethren Church 
and accepted the call of the Gay 
Street Brethren Church in Hagers- 
town, Md. He will assume his new 
duties about Apr. 1. 



DISTRICT CONFERENCES 

Allegheny May 6-8 — 

California — Long Beach. Calif. 

East July 21-24— Johnstown. Pa. 

Indiana April 14-17— Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Iowa June 26-27 — Dallas Center, Iowa 

Michigan — Lansing. Mich. 

Mid-Atlantic May 12-14— Washington, D. C. 

Midwest June 6-8— Pine. Colo. 

Northern Atlantic May 6-9 — Philadelphia, Pa 
Northern California Apr. 2-3 — Modesto. Calif. 
Northern Ohio Apr. 23-25— Ashland. Ohio 

Northwest June 24-27 — Spokane, Wash. 

Southeast June 23-25 — HoUins, Va. 

Southern Ohio 





PRAY FOR 


THESE MEETINGS 




Notice of meetings to 


be listed in this 


column must be received 


for publication at least 




30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 




Church 


Date 


Pastor 


Speaker 


Inglewood, Calif. 


Feb. 2-7 , . 


. . Glenn O'Neal 


B. Schneider. 


Fort Lauderdale, 








Fla 


Feb. 2-7 


. Ralph Colburn 


Harry Trover. 


Kittanning, Pa. . 


Feb. 2-16 . 


. Wm. Schaffer 


Lester Pifer. 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Feb. 9-16 


Mark Malles . . 


John Woodward. 


Grafton, W. Va. . 


Feb. 9-23 . . 


. . Lee Crist 


Crusade Team. 


Fort Lauderdale, 








Fla 


Feb. 10-16 . 


. . Ralph Colburn 


Louis T. Talbot. 


Artesia, Calif. . . 


Feb. 16-19 . 


. . AdamRager . 


R. I. Humberd. 


Fort Lauderdale, 








Fla 


Mar. 23-27 


Ralph Colburn 


Herbert Pugmire. 



in iSlFmartam 

Mrs. Frank Becker, faithful Chris- 
tian in attendance at the Grace 
Brethren Church, San Diego, Calif., 
went to be with the Lord on Dec. 6. 
— Archer Baum, pastor. 

Ralph L. Rich, 67, became un- 
conscious on Sunday night, Dec. 1, 
and never regained consciousness on 
this earth. He slipped quietly away 
into the presence of his Lord on Dec. 
4. He united with the First Breth- 
ren Church, of Long Beach, Calif., 
on Nov. 17, 1946, and had taken 
an active part in the church acti- 
vities right up to the time of his 
death. He is survived by his widow, 
Edith L. Rich.— Charles W. Mayes, 
D.D., pastor. 

Mrs. Susan B. Gillett, 81, was 

laid to rest on Nov. 27. Mrs. Gillett 
united with the First Brethren 
Church, of Long Beach, Calif., in 
1927. Until her health made it im- 
possible to attend the services she 
was quite active in the work of her 
church. — Charles W. Mayes, D.D., 
pastor. 

Larry Leonard, 22, departed to 
be with Christ on Nov. 17. He was 
affiliated with the Grace Brethren 
Church, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — 
Ralph Colburn, pastor. 

Harry Banning, 82, left his 
earthly tabernacle on Nov. 18 to be 
with Christ. He was affiliated with 
the Grace Brethren Church, of Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. — Ralph Colburn, 
pastor. 

Henry Raymond Hinkel, a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, Calif., since 1923, was 
called home to be with his Lord on 
Dec. 14, following a stroke. Broth- 
er Hinkel was a faithful child of God 
and took an active part in the Lord's 
work until forced to give up due to 
heart trouble. During the early years 
of his fellowship here, he held such 
offices as official board member, 
superintendent of high school de- 
partment, Bible-school teacher, and 
on numerous committees. Residing 
in Belflower since 1926, he sensed 
the need for a Brethren church in 
that city and played an important 
part in the establishing of that 
church. Also as a member of the 
District Mission Board he assisted 
in the building of the Brethren 
church in Compton, Calif. — C. W. 
Mayes, D.D., pastor. 



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ci€/g.c, 




Papyrus 66 

A GOSPEL OF JOHN 17 CENTURIES OLD 



By Homer A. Kent, Jr., Th.D. 

Professor of New Testament and Greek 
Grace Theological Seminary 



New Testament scholars today 
are tingling with excitement over 
the discovery of a papyrus manu- 
script containing two-thirds of the 
Gospel of John. The document was 
found in the St. Catherine Monas- 
tery at Mount Sinai, and published 
late in 1956 by Professor Victor 
Martin of the University of Geneva. 
Experts date the writing of this 
manuscript at about A.D. 200. 

Such manuscripts hold great sig- 
nificance for every Christian. The 
New Testament we have today in 
English is the translation of a Greek 
text. Before the invention of print- 
ing in the fifteenth century, the 
Greek text was laboriously copied by 
hand, and thus passed down from 
one generation to another for al- 
most fourteen hundred years. 
Human frailty being what it is, varia- 
tions were certain to occur, and they 
did in these hand-copied New 
Testaments. Since none of the ori- 
ginal copies of our New Testament 
books have survived, the science of 
textual criticism endeavors to de- 
termine the original text from a com- 
parison of over 4,500 Greek manu- 
scripts, plus ancient versions and 
Scripture passages which were 
quoted by early writers. 

Our search lor the original text 
of the New Testament impels us 
to seek the most ancient of these 
handwritten copies, and thereby to 
approach more closely the time 
when these sacred writings were 
composed. However, the ravages of 
time have destroyed the most an- 
cient manuscripts so that the far- 
ther back we go, the fewer manu- 
scripts we find. 

The earliest complete New Testa- 
ment now possessed is the Codex 
Sinaiticus (British Museum), and 
another of equal age and importance 
is the Codex Vaticanus (Vatican Li- 
brary). Both of these are made of 
parchment (i.e. animal skins) and 



date from the fourth century. These 
two manuscripts are relied on 
heavily by scholars to construct the 
best possible Greek text, and their 
influence permeates the American 
Standard Version and the Revised 
Standard Version. However, there is 
a gap of over 250 years between the 
actual writing of the New Testament 
(completed by the end of the first 
century) and these earliest parch- 
ment copies. 

To will this gap, we must go to the 
papyrus manuscripts. Papyrus was 
less expensive than parchment, and 
was generally used as writing ma- 
terial until it was displaced by parch- 
ment and vellum in the fourth cen- 
tury. Papyrus is a reed which grows 
in marshy places, especially along 
the Nile River. The pith or inner 
bark was cut into narrow strips 
and laid side by side to form a 
layer. Then a second layer was 
laid crosswise and pressed together 
with glue to form a sheet of writing 
material. Such sheets were from 6 
to 15 inches high and 3 to 9 inches 
wide. Sheets were glued end to end 
to form rolls, or arranged in a pile 
and sewed along one edge to make 
a codex (or book). 

Since papyrus is comparatively 
fragile and becomes brittle with age, 
the vast majority of papyrus manu- 
scripts exist today in fragments. 
Most of them have been found in 
Egypt, where the dry climate has re- 
tarded their decay. Hence scholars 
are understandably eager to study 
a manuscript written scarcely more 
than a hundred years after the apos- 
tle first penned his Gospel. 

Papyrus 66 (also called Bodmer 
II from its library designation) con- 
tains 108 pages of careful hand- 
writing in an excellent state of pre- 
servation. The text is complete from 
John 1:1 to 14:26, except for the 
loss of four pages containing John 



6:11-35. Thus about 70 percent of 
the whole Gospel has survived. 

Since Papyrus 66 is a codex, not 
a scroll, it becomes fully evident 
that Christians did not wait until 
the use of parchment in the fourth 
century to have the convenience of 
the codex, a view formerly held. It 
is now clear that the codex and roll 
forms existed side by side from the 
earliest times of the Christian era, 
and some of the longer New Testa- 
ment books may have circulated 
as codices from the very begirming. 
Scholars generally believe that 
Christians had a prominent part in 
popularizing the codex form, since 
they were particularly interested in 
having a manuscript in which cer- 
tain passages could be more quickly 
found than in a cumbersome roll. 

Of greater significance is the 
character of the text found in Papy- 
rus 66. There are no starthng dif- 
ferences which would shake our 
confidence in our familiar New 
Testament. It corresponds very 
closely to the Greek Testaments re- 
garded as most reliable today (such 
as Nestle), and to the great parch- 
ment manuscripts Sinaiticus and 
Vaticanus, in which so much con- 
fidence has been placed. This agree- 
ment of Papyrus 66, coupled with 
its great age, is a strong vindication 
of the soundness of the principles 
employed in textual researches, 
which have provided us with our 
New Testament. 

Two interesting omissions from 
Papyrus 66 show us what the earliest 
readers of John apparently had in 
their Gospel. The passage concern- 
ing the angel who troubled the water 
(John 5:3-4) is omitted in this papy- 
rus, as well as in the other oldest 
and best manuscripts. Thus the 
Apostle John did not include this 
superstition as a fact, though the 

(Continued on page 64) 



January 25, 7958 



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The Brethren in America 



(Editor: The year 1958 is the 250th anniversary of The Brethren 
Church. This is the fourth in a series of the early Brethren his- 
tory presented in poetic form. This material is taken from the 
booltlet entitled: "Ecclesianthem," or "A Song of the Brethren" by 
James Y. Heckler. 1883). 



Their visit had been a success, as I told you, 

For so Conrad Beisel advised them to do, 

Though he was no member, he waited to be one, 

So he was baptized and united then too. 

But he was a kind of reUgious fanatic, 

A banished enthusiast, a lone refugee, 

A singular person, an ardent ascetic, 

As you from these pages hereafter shall see. 

As Brethren were living along Conestoga, 
A church was established successfully there: 
For soon there were thirty-nine promising members 
Composing the flourishing church in the care 
Of Elder P. Becker of Germantown district — 
Though Beisel was chosen their preacher to be: 
With anchorite notions he lived as a hermit. 
And was not promoted to second degree 
Or grade ministerial, because of the trouble 
Which he had been making, concerning some strange 
Dogmatical notions, debated and settled 
Before by the Brethren who wanted no change. 
His trouble concerning the Sabbath day question 
Had little effect on the church; but a few 
Who sided with him in his errors, caused trouble, 
When he with eleven adherents withdrew 
To Ephrata in the Cocalico valley. 



But he was commissioned* a preacher before, 
And preached innovations, denounced matrimony 
He thought he was righteous and holy; he bore 
No mild admonition, correction nor counsel; 
And caused a division, and then they withdrew 
To Ephrata, naming the place to their notion. 
To all his adherents gave names that were new. 
And naming himself "Father Peaceable Godright," 
He founded a new institution of saints, 
If saints they have been, who were kept in seclusion 
As monks and as nuns under stringent restraints. 
At Ephrata in the Cocalico valley. 
In Lancaster county, a beautiful place. 
They built two capacious monastical buildings 
Called Kedar and Salem, containing much space. 



*Conrad Beisel never was elected to preach according 
to the order of the Brethren, but on account of his 
qualifications to speak he was authorized to do so by 
Peter Becker with the consent of the church, but he 
soon made trouble. After Beisel had withdrawn they 
elected Michael Frantz to the ministry under the over- 
sight of Elder Peter Becker until 1734. In those ten i 
years fifty-two were baptized. 




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With other out buildings perhaps a whole dozen 
Besides the two abbeys, a chapel or saal. 
The monks were in Kedar, the nuns were in Salem, 
The chapel for worship was common to all. 
Yet much could be said of those singular buildings, 
And what my dear readers could see were they there: 
They printed a book, 'tis a kind of a journal. 
The Chronlcon Ephratensa, a book that is rare. 
The monks had to help on the farm for a living: 
A farm that is large yet belonged to the place. 
The nuns at their wheels were attentive to spinning. 
And there were musicians, a wonderful class!* 

Besides, there were some of them poets, and artists. 
Some very fine scholars: they prospered awhile. 
Renouncing the hold matrimonial relations. 
They vowed to stay single and not to defile 
Themselves with the opposite sex, as the married. 
But after awhile they began to decline. 
And gradually waning in numbers by dying, 
Are nearly extinct: there are scarcely yet nine.** 
The neatness and cleanness, the excellent order, 
That nigh everywhere in those cloisters prevailed, 
Has made them proverbial, "as neat as a nun;" 'tis 
A wonder that their undertaking has failed. 
The Seventh-day Baptists is what they were called then. 
As mentioned in Buck's Theological Works: 
Their Salem of sisters was not a seraglio, 
A Catholic convent, a harem of Turks. 
No, no! they were strict and were chaste as the virgins. 
They practiced the holy commandments of Christ 
According to Scripture, the same as the Brethren: 
On faith and repentance they also baptized. 
There's yet a small portion of Seventh-day Baptists, 
As I am informed, who descended from these, 
In Franklin county, but they have their women 
In true matrimonial felicitous peace. 
But now I must leave them and speak of the Brethren 
Increasing in numbers, their churches increased: 
They spread o'er the country by preaching the Gospel, 
Although they went not very far to the east. 

The Germantown church was the first one established, 
And now is the oldest and nearly extinct. 
But then they held meetings all over the country, 
And members were added in every precinct. 
The next in the order was old Conestoga, 



*Their music was set to seven voices, and in sweet- 
ness of melody it was rich and grand. Not only did they 
print the Chronicon Ephratensa, but also a number of 
hymn boojcs; but the most Herculian task undertaken 
there was the translation and publication of the Martyrs' 
Mirror, or "Het Bloedigh Tooneel der Doops-Gesinde 
ende Wereloose Christenen en Martelaer Spiegel," a 
book of 1,329 pages in the Dutch language by Tielm.an 
Jans Van Braght; a Meimonite theologian of Dord- 
recht. It took Peter Miller over three years to translate 
and to superintend the publication of this book in Ger- 
man. It is called "Der Blutige Schau Platz oder Mar- 
tyrer Spiegel der Tauffs-Gesinden odsr Wehrlos2n Chris- 
ten." In English it would be called "The Bloody Theatre 
of the Baptist-minded and Defsnseless Christians, or 
Martyrs' Mirror." It is a large book, which should have 
cost ten dollars; but they sold it for less than three. 
They did not print it to make money, but merely to sup- 
ply the demand. 



Of which I have spoken, as you recollect. 

Although they were troubled by mystical hermits, 

They soon were avoided by orders direct. 

At Schuylkill, now Coventry, members were added. 

And Urner was chosen their preacher to be. 

The members were Eikers and Heffleys, and Landes, 

Longanecker and Sell, and some others we see. 

They also were troubled somewhat by the hermits; 

Although they proclaimed the glad tidings of peace, 

They tried to put downward those mystical notions. 

And they in their numbers did greatly increase 

Some Brethren were scattered and elsewhere located; 
And Becker the Elder, and others, to preach 
Would pay them some visits, instructing the people 
In what the dear Saviour commanded to teach. 
Meanwhile Elder Mack and his brethren came over 
The ocean to Germantown settlement, where 
They found to their joy that the church was established 
In peace, this freedom religious here also to share. 
A decade of years the first Brethren had labored 
Already in building up churches abroad. 
Or parts of the Church, before Mack and the others 
Came over, in freedom to worship their God. 

At Amwell, in Hunterdon county. New Jersey, 
Some Brethren located, this being their choice, 
A church was established by Naas as their preacher. 
As he was a powerful man, and his voice 
Persuasive was heard with emotion by sinners; 
For he was a soldier of Jesus, abused 
In Germany under the vile persecutors. 
His faith to surrender, but which he refused.* 



*John Naas was a man of more than ordinary stature, 
and was arrested by the King of Prussia's recruiting 
officers at the time they were enlisting and buying at 
enormous prices recruits to fill up his "army of giants." 
Because Naas refused to enlist, they hung him up at his 
left thumb and right great toe to compel him to sub- 
mit, but after they had him hanging that way awhile in 
torment and finding him still inflexible, they, fearing he 
might die, took him down and brought him to their 
king, Frederick William I. The king asked him why 
he would not enhst and be one of his soldiers. His an- 
swers were that he had already enlisted under the ban- 
ner of the great King Emanuel, that he had pledged his 
fidelity to him, that he could not and would not under 
any circumstances renounce his allegiance to him. 
When King Frederick William heard this he was so 
pleased in finding Naas so firmly attached to the King 
of Kings that he gave him a piece of money for a 
present, congratulating him for his firmness of faith. 
Macaulay, in speaking of this "army of giants" and of 
their king, says: "His feelings about his troops seem to 
have resembled a miser's feelings about his money. He 
loved to collect them, to count them, to see them in- 
crease, but he could not find it in his heart to break 
in upon the precious hoard. He looked forward to some 
future time when his Patagonian battalions were to 
drive hostile infantry before them like sheep." Carlyle 
says: "A potsdam Giant Regiment, such as the world 
never saw before or since. Three battalions of them — 
two always here at Potsdam doing formal life-guard 
duty, the third at Brandenburg on drill, 800 to the 
battalion — 2,400 sons of Anak in all." Such was the 
army into which they tried to press brother John Naas. 



**I am informed there is only yet one. 
January 25, 1958 



(To be continued in Feb. 8 issue) 



61 



A MESSAGE FROM 



Our Moderator 



By Miles Taber 



Now that the year 1957 has 
ended, and the statistical blanks are 
in the hands of pastors and other 
church officials, we join with our 
national statistician in requesting 
that these reports be made promptly. 
Your moderator is anxious to begin 
studying the facts and trends which 
the statistician's report will reveal. 
You can help us both by making 
your report in January. 

This month we should like to 
share with our readers an experience 
which Mrs. Taber and your modera- 
tor enjoyed on New Year's Day. It 
was our privilege to attend an all- 
day meeting and love-feast in the 
old Germantown church in Philadel- 
phia, Pa., a meeting attended by 
representatives of the three major 
groups of Brethren in America. We 
made the trip at our own expense, 
but we shared the very generous hos- 
pitality of the Church of the Breth- 
ren throughout the day. 

Why Germantown? 

The meeting was held in the 
Germantown church because it was 
there that Alexander Mack and his 
followers first settled in America 
after fleeing from European perse- 
cution. The original church is still 
standing, though additions have been 
made to it. In the cemetery back 
of the church is the grave of Alex- 
ander Mack, founder of The Breth- 
ren Church. Other pioneer Breth- 
ren leaders are buried there too, as 
well as our own Dr. Louis S. Bau- 
man and members of his family. 

It was in Germantown that the 
first recorded baptism by trine im- 
mersion in America took place, and 
there the first Love-feast was held. 
It was there that Christopher Sower 
published the first complete Bible 
in America, as well as the first Sun- 
day-school literature in the world. 
It was there that the first academy 
in America was founded, the Ger- 
mantown Academy. 

So it seemed fitting that the 
various Brethren groups in America 
should return to Germantown, the 
place of origin in America of our 
common heritage. From that van- 
tage point we might better re- 



evaluate our heritage and our his- 
tory. 

Why 1958? 

The 250th anniversary of ihe 
founding of The Brethren Church 
in Germany falls in this year. So ihis 
New Year's Day service was ihe 
kick-off for a year of celebration 
and thanksgiving to God for our 
common heritage. 

Why Not Reunite? 

When one is stirred by deep emo- 
tions and is enjoying unexcelled hos- 
pitality, one might be led to ask 
why these three bodies of Brethren 
should not reunite? Why not pool 
our resources and enlarge our fel- 
lowship? 

To answer our own questions we 
might first remark that the things 
which divided us should no longer 
keep us apart. We were amazed to 



see that the leadership of the 
Church of the Brethren had depart- 
ed almost 100 percent from the uni- 
form dress of a generation ago. Right 
or wrong, they have come to our 
position in this matter. 

In the morning session Dr. V. F. 
Schwalm concentrated on our com- 
mon history in Germany and 
America, and we felt like saying: 
"This is our history too; we should 
draw closer together." At the noon 
luncheon a representative of the Na- 
tional Council of Churches spoke, 
and we cautiously thought: "Perhaps 
he does not speak for these Breth- 
ren." But by the time we came to 
the last address of the afternoon we 
were made painfully aware chat 
there is a great gulf between us. 

This closing address was delivered 
by Dr. Morley J. Mays, evidently 

(Continued on page 64) 




Alexander Mack's Grave 

Mack wrote: "Now when I am gone, don't mark my grave, or they 
might sometime want to erect a monument over "my grave." Ac- 
cordingly, the small stone in the foreground, using only his initials, 
marked his grave for many years. More than a century and a half 
later the larger stone was added. 



62 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



A BROTHER BELOVED. By 

Francena H. Arnold (S2.95). 

When Joyce Matthews decided to 
test the promises of God, she was 
young in the faith, and not trained 
in the ways of the Lord. Had she 
realized fully the path such a de- 
cision would demand that she fol- 
low, she would likely have drawn 
back in unbelief. However, the Lord 
led her step by step, often along 
rough paths, and she saw how the 
power of God changed the course of 
many lives. The dreary old house 
set among the tumbled earth called 
the Badlands" became a place 
of victory for Joyce. 

I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BE- 
LIEVED. By O. E. Phillips 

($3.75). 

This is a work on Christian evi- 
dences, in which research, investi- 
gation, travel, study, and prayer 
have consumed years to accumulate 
the facts presented. The purpose of 
the book is to establish the faith of 
young people, but so written as to 
provide information for Christians 
older in the faith. The chapters 
seek to establish that one can know 
God through reason, science, revela- 
tion, inspiration, prophecy, world 
events, and experience. 

BIBLICAL CRITICISM. By Wick 

Broomall (S4.95). 

Approaching the subject of Bibli- 
cal criticism from the conservative 
and evangelical point of view, the 
author refutes the liberal positions. 
He examined the field from the most 
liberal to the ultra-conservative 
viewpoints, and suggests an objec- 
tive view of Bibliology. The book is 
scholarly enough for the student; yet 
so written that the laymen can 
understand. 

OUTLINE STUDIES OF THE 

OLD TESTAMENT. By W. G. 

Moorehead ($3.95). 

The content is neither critical nor 

expository, but rather presented so 

as to provide the beginner in Bible 

study with a basic analysis of each 

book of the Old Testament. 

DAVID LIVINGSTONE. By 

George Seaver ($6.95). 

This is a biography on a scale 
that not only deals with the heroic 
subject, but also is a biography of a 
whole continent. What David Liv- 
ingstone worked and died for in 




Se/ecfe<^ by THE EDITOR 



Africa portrays the things for which 
the continent is striving today. As 
a physician, linguist, humanitarian, 
geographer, crusader, and explorer, 
Livingstone is described by his life 
and letters. 

IF YOU WANT TO PREACH. By 

Don De Welt ($2.95). 

To assist the active ministry in 
an effective delivery of the Word of 
God, this book makes a new ap- 
proach to an old subject, and sug- 
gests approaches that have been 
tested in the laboratory of class- 
room and pulpit. There are two 
angles of approach: (1) the prepara- 
tion of the heart; (2) the preparation 
of the message. 

JUST WHY? By V. Raymond Ed- 
man (SI. 50). 

This book is to help find the an- 
swer to one of life's most perplexing 
problems. Why? Often this question 
is asked in the Bible, and here are 
the explanations given in Scriptures. 

BORN CRUCIFIED. By L. E. 

Maxwell (paper, $1.50). 

The forward of this book by Phil- 
lip E. Howard, Jr., best describes 
this book: "As facets of a cut dia- 
mond flash with exquisite colors in 
the sunlight, so the Scriptures, il- 
luminated by the Holy Spirit of God, 
glow with many glorious truths. This 
kind of Christian life set forth in 
the New Testament is so far above 
the experience of many professing 
Christians that they think it abnor- 
mal. Yet it is there, and many 
through God's grace have found it, 
and lived it, and described it in such 

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MAN-EATER'S CLAW. By 

Charles Ludwig ($1.25). 

A missionary adventure story for 
boys and girls in the early teens (ages 
12-14). 

CATHY AND CARL AND THE 
SEA HORSE MYSTERY. By 
Dorothy G. Johnston ($1.50). 
This is another of the Cathy and 
Carl series, which books are adapt- 
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Others in the series are: "Cathy and 
Carl Join the Gold Rush," "Cathy 
and Carl of the Covered Wagon," 
and "Cathy and Carl Captured." 

139 SERMON OUTLINES. By 
Robertson Nicoll ($2.95). 
In this volume are compiled 139 
outlines of sermoiT,s on the Old 
Testament by such men as A. B. 
Davidson, F. W. Farrar, J. B. 
Lightfoot, H. P. Liddon, Alexander 
Maclaren, Joseph Parker, W. M. 
Taylor, Henry J. Van Dyke and 
others. Topics include the following: 
Creation, Prayer, Deliverance, et 
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HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND 
INFLUENCE CHILDREN. By 

Clyde M. Narramore ($1.50). 

The book deals with children 
from ages five to eight, and deals 
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BILLY GRAHAM AND THE 
NEW YORK CRUSADE. By 
George Bumham and Lee Fisher 

($2.50). 

George Bumham and Lee Fisher 
have been closely associated with 
Billy Graham over a period of years, 
and were thus enabled to study at 
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authors have captured the spiritual 
atmosphere that characterizes the 
work of Billy Graham, and it is care- 
fully discerned to be the work of the 
Holy Spirit, and not of man. 



January 25, 1958 



63 



A MESSAGE FROM 
OUR MODERATOR 

(Continued from page 62) 

selected by the committee to speak 
for the Church of the Brethren. His 
subject was "The Mind of Christ 
Symbolized." Much that he said was 
good, and thought-provoking. But 
when he began to distinguish be- 
tween symbols and reality, placing 
the creation, the virgin birth, the 
miracles, and the atonement in the 
former category, our hearts were 
heavy. When the very facts on which 
our salvation rests were declared to 
be symbols only, we realized that the 
difference between the Church of 
the Brethren and The Brethren 
Church is basic, going to the very 
foundation of our faith. It is no 
longer a quarrel about hats, neck- 
ties, or suspenders. 

What Is Our Heritage? 

This experience caused your mod- 
erator to do some serious thinking 
which we want to share with you. 
We do have some symbols which 
were given to us by our Lord. Trine 
immersion is a symbol. The three- 
fold communion service is a cluster 
of symbols. The anointing of the 
sick with oil is a symbol. But these 
are all symbols of reality. Christ 
gave us the symbols to help us to 
understand and remember that re- 
ality. And in the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches we have 
both the symbols and the doctrines 
they stand for. Both are important. 
Both are taught in the Word of 
God. Both together make up our 
Brethren heritage. 

What Is Our Duty? 

There are many churches, schools, 
missions, and activities that are 
fundamental. They teach the facts 
of our faith. There are others that 
hold to the symbols but deny the 
facts. But in The Brethren Church 
we are not required to sacrifice 
either the fundamentals or the ordi- 
nances, neither the facts nor the 
symbols. 

To your moderator, these facts 
determine the wise course for Breth- 
ren giving and service. In our own 
institutions we preserve both fact 




CLEVELAND, OHIO 

As another year closes, the 
Brethren at Cleveland are praising 
the Lord for another year of God's 
mercies. During the month of No- 
vember we experienced an eight- 
day revival meeting at which time 
there were 35 decisions made for the 
Lord as Brother C. C. Thomas, from 
the Akron (Ohio) Mission, brought 
the messages. Eight of these were 
first-time decisions, 13 were rededi- 
cations, 7 were families promising 
the Lord they would start family al- 
tars in their homes, 5 were to join 
this church and 2 surrendered their 
lives to the Lord for full-time serv- 
ice. The spiritual impact of these 
meetings is still felt. — Clair Brickel, 
pastor. 

YAKIMA, WASH. 

We are filled with joy over the 
working of God in our church this 
past week in a special week of evan- 
gelistic meetings. We started out on 
Sunday night with 37 present and 
no decisions. The last Sunday night 
attendance was 145. The attendance 
grew every night and there were 23 
first-time decisions for Christ. Four 
of these were adults (two couples), 
nine of these are senior-high stu- 
dents, and ten are in the 8-12 year- 
old bracket. One of the men that 
was saved was a heavy drinker. He 
also was a very profane man and 



and symbol. One may attend our 
schools, work in our missions, sup- 
port our institutions without sacri- 
ficing either value. So why should 
we choose when we can have both? 
Let Brethren money and Brethren 
lives be invested in activities that 
give to the world both the facts of 
our salvation and its symbols as 
well. 

Let us thank God for The Breth- 
ren Church and rally to the support 
of its institutions. 



smoked heavily. The drinking and 
profanity has already been taken 
care of, and he and his wife are both 
quitting the smoking. They were 
baptized. — Henry Dalke, pastor. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO 

Members and friends of the 
Grace Brethren Church, of Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio, enjoyed and profit- 
ed greatly from the ministry of Evan- 
gelist Dean Fetterhoff in our Cru- 
sade for Christ October 27 through 
November 10. 

In his preaching and in his per- 
sonal contacts. Brother Fetterhoff 
proclaims the Gospel of Christ and 
exalts the Christ of the Gospel both 
with conviction and with compas- 
sion. 

We had the joyous privilege of 
seeing several excellent decisions for 
the Lord. Hearts were challenged, 
warmed, and blessed. — Richard L. 
Burch, pastor. 

KOKOMO, IND. 

We here at Indian Heights Breth- 
ren Church are rejoicing in the Lord. 
We started out with eight the first 
Sunday in June. On December 29 
we had 70 and January 3 there were 
63 present. It must be remembered 
that we are meeting in the parson- 
age, and when such numbers meet 
in the "parsonage," one can imagine 
we are crowded. — W. A. Kolb, pas- 
tor. 

PAPYRUS 66 

(Continued from page 59) 

impotent man may have believed it 
(V. 7). 

The paragraph of the adulterous 
woman (John 7:53 — 8:11) is also 
missing from Papyrus 66, in agree- 
ment with most other ancient and 
rehable manuscripts. A few manu- 
scripts contain it, but place it after 
Luke 21:38. However, there is noth- 
ing intrinsically improbable about 
the truth of the narrative itself. The 
action of Jesus seems characteristic 
of Him. Hence the general conserv- 
ative opinion is that it is a true in- 
cident, one of those "many other 
things which Jesus did" (John 21: 
25), but there is serious doubt that 
the Apostle John is the author of it 
or that it ever formed a part of the 
original edition of his Gospel. 

Papyrus 66 has provided Chris- 
tians with another strong confir- 
mation that the New Testament we 
have today is basically the same as 
when it came from the pen of the 
apostles. 



The BRETHREN 




FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 1, 1958 




BRETHREH fOREIGH MISSIOHS 



1958 



In Our Foreign Mission Work 



By Russell D. Barnard 



Count your many blessings — 

Although in making this statement we are not un- 
mindful of our many, many personal blessings — the 
Lord is so good, His blessings so abundant — we are, 
however, just now thinking of the blessings and accom- 
plishments which He made possible during the year of 
1957. 

In Argentina — The chapel at Rio Tercero enlarged 
for the growing congregation; the new work in the 
Banda Norte section of Rio Cuarto begun; the reclama- 
tion of the work at Laboulaye implemented; a new 
chapel completed at Don Bosco, and plans completed for 
one at Jose Marmol; in addition, a very fine student 
body in our Bible institute. 

In Brazil — The station at Capanema expanded; fine 
progress in the Christian day schools; a goodly number 
of decisions for Christ; our first Brazilian evangelist :'n 
the field, and other students in the training school. 

In Africa — Offset press began turning out literature; 
X-ray machine secured for hospital at Boguila; Boguila 
first units completed; new residences finished; new na- 
tive chapels built; multiplied thousands attending serv- 
ices, and many of these have accepted Christ. 

In France — More people interested in the Lord's 
work through special meetings and regular church acti- 
vity; the church better established; plans completed for 
special meetings in a string of cities east to west across 
south-central France. 

In Mexico — Eight students in the Bible Institute; one 
missionary family began work in the interior of Mexico 
at the city of Leon; the radio program increasing in its 
usefulness from Calexico; additional meeting places 
in the city of Tijuana. 

In Hawaii — Two board members visited the field in 
July; the Tresise family came under full missionary sup- 
port August 1; Red Hill chapel testimony making en- 
couraging progress; new Bible classes with good at- 
tendance in the city of Kailua where the Tresises live. 

We praise the Lord, and thank you people! 

It really is a miracle! Of us it could truly have been 
said, "O ye of little faith." At national conference time 
in 1957 our total gifts for foreign missions were $19,000 
behind the gifts at the same time in 1956. This condition 
continued much the same through the months of last 
fall; during that time we were almost desperate for funds, 
having seemingly exhausted every human source. Even 
for very small bills it was necessary to check to be sure 
that we had sufficient funds before checks could be 
written. Then the blessing began to come from the Lord. 
People must truly have been praying for us and with us 
in our desperate plight. Through funds on hand in 



church treasuries and gifts from individuals, the 1957 
total offering amounted to $293,530.99, as compared to 
$266,594.98 in 1956, or an increase of 10.1 percent. 
Again, we can only praise God, and thank all of you 
people. The day of miracles is not past! 

The challenge continues — 

We would not want it otherwise, for there is no growth 
without challenge. During several years of the past we 
have planned different expansion projects in our various 
fields. During the year of 1957 many of these projected 
things materialized and payment needed to be made. 
Also, we have the largest number of missionaries on the 
field that we have had at any time in our history. .Just 
to get them to the field cost multiplied thousands of dol- 
lars in travel costs. Missionaries must have houses. .A 
missionary without supplies and equipment is only half 
a missionary. It was necessary to furnish these houses 
and supplies and this equipment. So many of these 
things we have mentioned are one-time-only items. We 
will not need to repeat them next year. The result has 
been that our expenditures for 1957 far exceeded even 
our increased income. We have studied the probable 
situation for 1958, and believe it will be possible for us 
to reduce our expenditures in 1958 by between $50,000 
and $75,000; if so, we will be operating within our 
probable income. 

How you can help — 

First, ask the Lord to lead you as to the amount of 
your PRAYER GOAL for your 1958 giving. Second, 
give just as much of this as possible as early as possible 
after February 1. Third, send us the accumulated gifts 
at the end of each month; then we feel we can probably 
carry our whole program without any further borrow- 
ing, or at least with a minimum of borrowing against 
anticipated income. Thanks! 

A three-year plan — 

Probably most of the scientists of the world today 
would be very pessimistic as to whether we have three 
years ahead. We Bible-loving believers anticipate the 
soon coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ. But should 
the Lord tarry longer, what is our plan for the years 
ahead? Two million people are our immediate responsi- 
bility in foreign lands. At present we have a total of 
only 96 missionaries. They cannot do the job which 
faces them. There must be reinforcements. By 1960, 
if we are to do a reasonably good job in our present 
fields, we will need 18 more missionary families. If 
we are to enter into two fields which are being very 
favorably considered today, it will take six more fami- 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 5 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind.. under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees. president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer. secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive Committee; William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



66 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



We're on the Air in Argentina 



By Lynn D. Schrock 



"How many here tonight were 
converted through the radio min- 
istry?" This was the question I asked 
the folks who attended the Sunday 
evening service in our General Con- 
ference held in Rio Cuarto in March 
of 1957. About half a dozen folks 
there that night raised their hands. 
The Gospel had reached these folks 
in their homes because "we're on 
the air in Argentina." 

In the case of one lady, a Chris- 
tian neighbor lady spoke to her 
about the broadcasts and was able 
to answer questions and explain 
things more fully than is possible in 
a few minutes on the radio. Another 
lady's interest was further stimulated 
througji what she heard on our radio 
program, and she came to a defi- 
nite decision when visited by the 
pastor's wife. Her husband followed 
her example and is now a saved man. 
Still another lady wrote asking for 
the New Testament we offer on our 
broadcasts, asking us that we get it 
to her for her birthday. Since she 
Uved right there in Rio Cuarto, I 
took it to her instead of mailing it. 
Both she and her husband have left 




Lynn Schrock at the microphone 



the Catholic Church and are now 
evangelicals. 

It was on Saturday, June 11, 
1955, that The Brethren Church had 
its first radio program in Argentina. 
At 3:45 p.m. the broadcast of the 
"Open Bible" went on the air. This 
name was chosen because the Bible 
is a closed book for the "religiosos" 
of Argentina. For that reason they 
are so far from the truth and from 
salvation. 

The broadcast was identified as 



"evangelical," for we believed that 
we should be frank about this to 
the public. This proved to be the 
correct decision in at least one case. 
A young man had accepted the gos- 
pel message with enthusiasm and 
corresponded regularly with us in re- 
lation to the Bible courses we offer. 
But one day a letter arrived an- 
nouncing that he would no longer 
study with us, for he did not realize 
that we were not a Cathohc "order." 
We were glad to be able to remind 
him that since the beginning of our 
broadcasts we had made it clear 
that we were evangelicals. Also, we 
asked him if he had found us teach- 
ing anything which was not true to 
the Scriptures. The young man was 
sufficiently sincere to accept these 
observations and continued his 
studies with us. 

Many have written to us in re- 
sponse to our broadcasts and many 
more listen of whom we may never 
have word in this life. 

The Word is going out. Souls are 
listening. Let's pray God's bless- 
ing upon His truth to the salvation 
of many souls in Argentina. 



lies. It is very evident that we cannot do the job with our 
present income. For 1958, if we can have four cenls 
per day as the average, for every member of The Breth- 
ren Church, we will probably be able to care for our 
present responsibilities and get the five or six candidates 
started to the field — those who are now waiting. Then, 
if we can increase our giving by one cent per ^ay in 
1959, and another one cent per day in 1960, it will give 
us something over a half-million dollars per year. With 
this we should begin to do quite a commendable job in 
those areas where God has thus far led us to serve. 
1958 is the "YEAR OF DECISION"— shall we 
move ahead with some such program as that which we 
have just mentioned, or shall we believe we have reached 
our limit in giving for foreign missions and begin a 
slow death of retrenchment? You and I as individual 



members of The Brethren Church will need to answer 
this question. 

Pray - Give - Go - Tell — 

Beginning February first we will all be thinking in 
terms of foreign missions. For the FOUR months of the 
foreign mission season you will hear and see much of 
the four words Pray - Give - Go - Tell. Jesus spoke 
them; therefore, they are important. He has never re- 
called any of them, so they must stiU stand in effect. 
Notice the front cover of this issue of the Missionary 
Herald! Watch your bulletin board! Read your church 
bulletins! Then shall we all open our hearts that the 
Lord may speak personally to us with these FOUR 
GREAT WORDS. 



February 7, 7958 



67 



We Like It in Africa 



Yes; we really do like it in Africa. 
In spite of leaving loved ones, find- 
ing storms, dust, humidity, naked 
natives, leprosy, the sound of drums 
and wailing and dancing in the 
night; in spite of mosquitoes, red 
ants, white ants, flying ants, driver 
ants, snakes, scorpions and much 
sickness— WE LIKE IT! Why? 

First, we like Africa because we 
wanted above all else to do what the 
Lord wanted us to do with the rest 
of our lives. And He called us here, 
so this is where we want to be! He 
goeth before and these unlovely 
things work together for our good 
because we love Him and are the 
called according to His purpose. 
There are frustrations wherever one 
lives. Do you Uke sitting for two 
hours in a doctor's office, waiting 
your turn? Or waiting in a string 
of autos bumper-to-bumper in traf- 
fic a mile long? Do you hke the smog 
or the heat or the cold? Is that why 
you stay where you are? 

Second, we like Africa because 
we were prepared to like it. We did 
not expect a "bed of roses" (al- 
though there are many of them here) 
any more than we had such at home. 
We had read, heard, talked, and seen 
pictures of Africa from our child- 
hood up — both the good and the 
bad. 

Third, we like Africa because of 
her great need and the response her 
people are making when they hear 
the Gospel. Many natives on the 
coast can read, and even the wom- 
en of the "interior" are beginning 
to read. What great joy we have 
in knowing a large part of our work 
is to supply them with the 
PRINTED Word of God and with 
inspiring reading. We soon intend 
to entertain the head and second na- 
tive printers and their wives in our 

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By Mrs. Donald A. Spongier 



home for a meal. Some of these 
people are beginning to enjoy a few 
of the meager comforts of life. In- 
stead of sleeping on mats on the 
ground where bugs crawl into their 
ears or scorpions sting them in 
the night, they sleep on wooden 
beds. They eat with spoons and 
washed hands. They want to keep 
their bodies clean physically, as well 
as spiritually, when they know they 
are the temples of God. 

Fourth, we like Africa because we 
are busy — but not in the rushing 
pell-mell sort of way as in the 
States. Here we are conscious that 
each action, word and attitude is 
counting for eternity. As the smoky 
outside-oven fire is started in the 
morning to bake the necessary bread, 
if we are patient we are able to 
leave with someone the truth that 
Jesus is the Bread of Life. So it is 
throughout the day, until the last 
tooth is brushed at night and eight 
Uttle girls (missionary children) are 
ready for story time and devotions. 
There are not the distractions of 
too many things in which to be in- 
terested. 

Are we human? Surely! This is 
demonstrated by the fact that we like 
neat homes, nice clothing and other 




Mrs. Spangler 



things, such as haircuts for the men 
— and by the fact that we do miss 
golden opportunities. Also, once in 
a while we get a bit lonesome, espe- 
cially when expected letters don't 
come or financial needs are press- 
ing. But always we are reminded of 
the love of God. Each day we see 
manifestations of His loving care. 
Each evening as we watch the beau- 
tiful sunset and see the millions of 
stars shining in the deep blue sky, 
seemingly so close, we are conscious 
of "one more day's work done for 
Jesus," and we have the reward of 
satisfaction. 

Yes; there are some things we 
don't like — the dusty, long ride to 
Bangui after supplies, over bumpy 
roads in an old truck which usually 
breaks down at least once; having 
to boil water, wait for it to cool, 
then wait again while it runs through 
a filter before we can have a drink 
or prepare any food which is not 
boUed itself, as mixing our powdered 
milk. We miss our loved ones — the 
birth of our first grandchild to our 
only daughter, our oldest son's mar- 
riage this past fall, and our youngest 
son playing football on the high- 
school team. 

But still we like Africa. Africa 
needs us more. Africa needs God's 
Word in printed form. So many are 
dying daily in fear when they could 
go in peace if there were more peo- 
ple who really cared for lost souls 
enough to get the Gospel of good 
news to them. One of our boys 
wanted to go to his village because 
his mother had died. I asked if she 
was a Christian. He replied: "No, 
Madame, this is very bad, my heart 
is with much sadness." He is so 
eager to learn the way of salvation 
that we are glad we can help him. 

Yes; we really like Africa! 

T/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



TIHIIi ©IHinEsIOEEM'© WA 



Clyde K. Landrum, Director 




Twins! Yes; Becky and Norman 
ichrock are twins. They were born 
in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, eleven 
years ago. They have lived in the 
Mission center there most of their 
lives. They have both let Jesus into 
their hearts. One day Becky asked 
her little neighbor friend to let 
Jesus into her heart. She did. This 
little girl then begged her mother 
to go to our church at the Center. 
The mother went and soon she let 
Jesus into her heart. Becky was a 
missionary helper, wasn't she? The 
twins had their schoolroom in their 
home and their schoolteachers were 
Aunt Bertie Abel and their mother. 
When the family left the Center and 
moved to a small house, the twins 
had to go 18 blocks to Aunt Bertie 
to school. But each noon they 



MARY MISSIONARY— 



brought Aunt Bertie back to have 
the main meal with them. They love 
this Aunt Bertie and wanted her with 
them as long as possible. The twins' 
daddy was our radio pastor in 
Argentina. Before he could come 
home on furlough, he had to make 
lots of recordings and he needed 
help. He asked Norman if he would 
like to help. Norman was glad to 
because these recordings told people 
about Jesus. He, too, was a mission- 
ary helper. Pray for them so that 
they will always want to be mission- 
ary helpers. Pray for their four-year- 
old brother, Mark, too. Wouldn't 
you hke to be a missionary helper 
for Jesus? 

(Missionary helpers, I want to 
thank the twins' grandmother, Mrs. 
Goldie Buikema, for writing about 
the twins and Mark for us! Mrs. 
Buikema works for the Brethren 
Missionary Herald and helps in get- 
ting out our magazine. — C.K.L.) 



New Junior 
Missionary! 

There is a brandnew missionary 
helper! On January 5, 1958, Ivan 
Wayne Hoyt was born into the home 
of Rev. and Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt. 
He weighed 9 lbs., 6 oz. Welcome, 
Ivan Wayne!! The Hoyts have three 
other children: Rita, Lynn and Aldo. 

The Hoyts are now in the United 
States on furlough. Next summer 
they will be returning to their field 
of service. How many of you mis- 
sionary helpers know in what coun- 
try the Hoyts serve? I'd be glad for 
you to write and tell me if you know. 
How many of you will get it cor- 
rect?? If you don't know, maybe 
you should ask your mom or dad, 
or ask your pastor. 



rsng 



??? 



Last month we began listing 
birthdays for our Junior Mission- 
aries. You were asked to pray for 
those missionary children whose 
birthdays were hsted. DID YOU 
PRAY FOR THESE? 

This month you will see birth 
dates for other Junior Missionaries. 
During this month of February will 



be a good time to remember them 
in prayer. These three girls represent 
three mission fields — Africa, Mex- 
ico and Brazil. Pray for the work 
on these fields too. 

Christine Taber — Feb. 11, will 
be 5 years old — in Africa. 

Linda Edmiston — Feb. 1 1 , will be 
10 years old — in Mexico. 

Linda Burk — Feb. 24, will be 
6 years old — on furlough in the 
U.S. 




MARY, WHAT'S 
>ALL THIS TALK 

about" PRAy- 
GfVE-GO- 
TELt ? 




I get it / ALL ARE TO 
PRAY AND GIVE THAT 
SOME MAY GO AND 

TELL the good news 

OF SALVATIOM. 
— Boys AND 
GIRLS, TOO 




YES - BOyS A KJ D G I RL9, TOO/ 
WE MUST PRAY AND GIVE 
THAT OUR 
MISSIONARIES 
MAY GO 
AND TELL/ 




February I, 1958 



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Amazon Travelog 



By Bill Burk 

(Eighth instaUment) 



Homeward bound from Porto 
Velho to Manaus was "sad," as our 
room steward put it. There were 
very few passengers aboard and to 
him the ship was all but dead. To 
us, however, it was fine for we've al- 
most always preferred to be away 
from the crowd. 

Leaving Manaus, however, was 
different for the ship left well-loaded 
and received more passengers at 
every port. Every once in a while 
a ship goes down along this river. 
(Sometimes the bottom of an old 
tub just rusts out, other times she's 
run onto the rocks.) Not rare is the 
loss of one of these river boats also 
with great loss of life. This ship 
came from the shipyard in Holland 
with two lifeboats and a supply of 
life jackets, but this is the exception, 
certainly not the rule. 

On the downstream trip the ship 
was loaded to its legal maximum of 
passengers by the second day when 
we reached Santarem. When we 
docked across the river at Monte 
Alegre and saw what appeared as 
half the town coming aboard with 
their luggage, roosters and ducks, I 
asked the Chief Engineer standing 
nearby about the legal limit of pas- 
sengers. He responded that it was 
a httle over 300 but that it some- 
times was exceeded. (This attitude of 
unlawfulness seems not only to be 
completely common in Brazil, but 
also almost legal!) 

We were happy that this over- 
crowding of the ship was limited 
to the last couple of days of the 
four-week trip. The explanation of 
all this lies in the Cirio of Our Lady 
of Nazareth, a Roman Catholic- 
sponsored "whing-ding" held an- 
nually in Belem for two weeks. On 
Sunday, October 14, we're told that 
300,000 people turned out to take 
part in or watch the procession car- 
rying an image of Mary through the 

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city's streets from one Catholic 
church to another. The two weeks 
following the procession is one of 
Belem's greatest sin-fests. Sailors 
aboard the Lobo confess that when 
they return to the ship after the 
Cirio they'll be broke and sick, but 
don't agree that they will be sinners! 
The whistle blew a couple "ail- 
ashore" blasts just before pulling in 
the gangplank at Monte Alegre. 
Three men didn't make it and had 
to walk the six-foot line which still 
tied the ship to the dock. Just as 
the third, a well-dressed old fellow, 
reached the dock end of the line (I 
thought that he was safe, too), the 
sailors "let her go," and promptly let 



him down into the muddy river — 
shoes, suit and all. What shouting! 
This was the first time that anyone 
had actually gotten wet! 

The evening passage back through 
the narrows at Marajo's west side 
was a sweetheart's dream with as 
large a full moon as I've ever seen — • 
in fact, one couple even borrowed 
my binoculars for the evening to 
get a better look! Bursting suddenly 
from the narrows into the large bay 
to the south of that great island, the 
ship pitched gently as she headed 
into swells for the first time in a 
month. I arose earlier than usual 
that last morning to go out on deck 
and enjoy the roughest water of the 




The missionaries* journey — Belem to Porto Velho and back, 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



trip, by now being the genuine At- 
lantic ground swells rolling up the 
great Baia (Bay) de Marajo. 

At breakfast we watched through 
the windows of the ship's saloon as 
the very familiar (to me, although 
not to Imogene) islands in front 
of Icoraci began to sUp by, the ship 
weaving her way through this laby- 
rinth of waterways to her home port 
of Belem, just ten miles upstream 
from Icoraci. To starboard is the 
deserted little island with its sandy 
beach where I delight to go swim- 
ming. Beyond is the large island well 
known for its rubber trees and tile 
factory. To me it's important be- 
cause of a 96-year-old rubber 
gatherer who will listen to my read- 
ing of God's Word; because of two 
young fishermen who live in one of 
those three grass shacks on stilts. 
They've been reading a couple of the 
Gospels with genuine interest — T 
pray that one day soon they will 
accept Jesus Christ as Pilot of their 
lives. Dead ahead is the Island of the 
Oppossum with three places I like 
much to visit. One young fisherman 
and his wife accepted Christ on my 
first visit to his home and appear 
to be as strong as any of the con- 
verts in the islands. Another family 
has bought a New Testament for 15 
cents and is progressingly more and 
more interested in hearing of lesus 
Christo. And so we not only ar- 
rived home, but also to our beloved 
field of labor, after what was most 
certainly a Boa Viagem! 
(THE END) 



'What Are We Going To Do?" 



By Charles R. Taber 



MISSIONARY MAILBAG 

We are having an ordination 
service tomorrow for six deacons 
and five deaconesses. Several weeks 
ago Pierre Bondounga was licensed 
as the assistant pastor. This gives 
us a church council of 15, counting 
two original deacons. We are happy 
for this new step in consolidating the 
indigenous activities of the church. 
Next is the election of a secre- 
tary and treasurer to take over all 
the duties belonging to these offi- 
cers. Up to the present we have been 
giving missionary help to this work. 
From now on it will be only ad- 
visory. — O. D. Jobson, Bangui, 
Africa. 



"What are we going to do? What 
are we going to do?" Such was the 
anguished cry of the church at 
Bossangoa as I met with them the 
other day. And, indeed, their pre- 
dicament was heartbreaking. 

What would you do, brethren, if 
you were losing the children of your 
church, your children, in a perma- 
nent and devastating hemorrhage 
because you were not able to edu- 
cate them and the world was? What 
would you do if you saw, year after 
year, the best of your young people, 
the very young people who repre- 
sent the best hope for the future of 
your church, driven by their legiti- 
mate thirst for an education into the 
arms of the Roman church or into 
the materialistic philosophy of the 
world as taught in public schools? 

What would you do if, realizing 
this problem, you had sent one of the 
most promising young men of your 
church away to school to learn to 
be a teacher, had supported him in 
school, had prayed for him, had 
waited patiently for him for four 
years, expecting to see him open a 
school in your church, only to have 
him taken away from you to teach 
elsewhere, so that your children con- 
tinued to seek their education at the 
hands of the enemies of Christ? That 
is the situation of the Bossangoa 
church. Mark Peboro, a young man 
of ability, integrity and perseverance, 
came to me in the first group of 
student teachers. Twice he failed in 
his state examinations, but he stuck 
to his guns, and at the third try he 
succeeded. He wants to go to his own 
church, his church wants him and 
needs him desperately, we want him 
to go there. But . . . 

There is already a school at Ya- 
loke, a school which we have to 
keep open because we are required 
to and because it is the practice 
school for the teacher-training 
school. When the school was opened 
there, the Yaloke church also had 
prospective teachers in school, so 



that it seemed logical, in view of all 
the circumstances, to open it. But 
the young men from Yaloke all 
failed, and the missionaries who 
had temporarily taught there were 
assigned to permanent and pressing 
tasks, and suddenly we realized that 
Yaloke had no teacher for this year. 
Under instructions from field coun- 
cil, and with the approval of the 
board, we made a diligent search for 
young French teachers who would 
be immediately qualified to help us. 
I made several trips during our 
stay in France to follow up promis- 
ing leads, but not one has borne 
fruit this year at least. So, to keep 
the school open, and to provide a 
class for practice teaching for the 
incoming group of student teachers, 
we had to ask the Bossangoa church 
to give up their great hope by lend- 
ing Mark to Yaloke. 

Brethren, even this is only a tem- 
porary solution. Already next year 
this makeshift plan will be insuffi- 
cient to cope with the growing Ya- 
loke school. We need teachers, and 
we need them badly. 

Now, to send out the teachers that 
we need, two things are required. 
First, there must be young people, 
fully qualified and called of the 
Lord, to give themselves to this min- 
istry. And secondly, there must be 
the material means of equipping, 
sending and supporting them. And 
so, instead of trying to answer the 
question of the Bossangoa church, 
and indeed of all the Brethren 
churches in Oubangui-Chari, I will 
turn it about and ask it of you: 
Brethren, what are you going to do? 
Young people, are you going to re- 
spond to the call of God? Parents, 
friends, are you going to send and 
pledge to support your children? 
And, all of you, are you going to 
pray the Lord of the harvest to 
send laborers into the harvest? For, 
humanly speaking, the future of the 
churches of Jesus Christ in Ouban- 
gui-Chari rests squarely on your 
shoulders. 



February 1, 7958 



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We are right in the middle of sum- 
mer activities. The Christmas sea- 
son is past to be sure but camps 
are coming up and there is oodles of 
work to be done. I am spiritual di- 
rector and Mr. Boher is material 
director, so we both are trying to 
get the things done. I find that being 
in Rio Cuarto involves a dozen 
things besides being pastor. In these 
last days before children's camp it 
seems that we have overlooked a 
lot of things during the past weeks 
when we now think we had lots of 
time. Well, I guess it is this way 
every year. We are expecting more 
in both camps this year than ever 
before. We worked on all the tents 
several weeks ago so that they are 
in good shape. Have had to buy 
more tables and other equipment 
to supplement what we have and 
replace some worn-out stuff. Phil 



RALLY TIME IS 
MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 
TIME! 

The missionaries who are on fur- 
lough are on the move! Soon they 
will begin the missionary confer- 
ences, commonly called the "rallies," 
in the different sections of the coun- 
try. The conferences start February 
2 and continue through most of the 
four-month foreign-mission period 
of February, March, April and May. 

February 2-6 are the dates for the 
Northwest District. In the Northern 
California District the dates are Feb- 
ruary 9-13, and in Southern Califor- 
nia February 16 through March 2. 

The missionaries have labored 
faithfully on their fields for the Lord. 
As these conferences come to your 
area you will have the opportunity 
of hearing the report of what has 
been accomplished on the various 
fields. It is only right and Christian 
that we at home "turn out" to hear 
these reports. Blessings are in store 
in every service! Folks on the West 
Coast, let us all determine now that 
this blessing will be enjoyed by all. 
Let's make it a "full house" for 
every session of these missionary 
conferences! 



Saint will be with us in the Y.P.'s 
camp and also another brother from 
Cordoba. We are emphasizing Chris- 
tian service this year and trust that 
the young folks will respond for the 
Institute. Brother Bishop, Churchill 
and I will be the pastors from our 
church. The new location is very 
nice and we are looking forward to 
great blessings. Pray that we'll have 
good weather for this year the 
ground is still soft from the work 
that was done recently by the men. 
— James Marshall, Rio Cuarto, Ar- 
gentina. 

We have just finished DVBS. We 
started off with a bang and could 
easily have had 150 kiddies, but it 
started raining and continued 
throughout the ten days. Jack 
(Churchill) and the car were not 
here as he was helping at the camp 
grounds, but many children came 
anyhow through the mud and rain, 
looking like little wet rats when they 
got here. Most of them don't own 
raincoats or rubbers, but were happy 
to come. Our attendance didn't drop 
below 60 and we had as many as 93. 
There are a number of new contacts 
through this effort. — Mrs. Loree 
Sickel, Rio Tercero, Argentina. 

We have been wanting to get 
out and do some village visitation 



for a long time. Yesterday we were 
all set to go and we got a good hard 
rain in the afternoon, so we didn't 
know whether to go or not. To take 
a group of women on the back of a 
truck when it is threatening to rain 
is bad business, especially when 
many of them are just getting over 
the flu. We left it up to them — they 
wanted to go, so we did. They were 
right — it didn't rain until we got 
home although it was thundering in 
the distance. We took eight women, 
and they got off by twos until finally 
only I was left. I had to go quite a 
ways to find a place to turn around. 
I stopped at a village about 25 kilo- 
meters from B.I. There must have 
been 25 people who gathered. It 
was amazing that people living that 
close (they are only about five kilo- 
meters from a chapel) could be as 
ignorant as they seemed to be. There 
were a couple of old women who 
were interested and kept nodding 
their heads, but the majority of the 
people could not sing one song com- 
pletely through. They invited me to 
come again and asked that some- 
one be sent to teach them about the 
way of God. ... It was dark by the 
time we got home, but the people 
were singing at the top of their lungs. 
After I stopped and let them out, 
they went down the road singing. — 
Mary Cripe, Bible Institute, Africa. 



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REPORT OF GIFTS 

To The Foreign Missionary Society of tiie Brethren Church — January 1, 1957, to December 31, 1957 



ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, Md $90.00 

Aleppo, Pa 1,043.75 

Grafton. W. Va 302.19 

Jenners, Pa 562.50 

Listie, Pa 1.564.55 

Meyersdale, Pa 1,177.07 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 474.16 

Parkersburg, W. Va 100.00 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 187.36 

Uniontown, Pa 2,130.61 

Washington, Pa 178.69 

Allegheny District, Misc 187.87 

$7,998.75 

First Grace Brethren Church, Accident, Md. 

General Fund $90.00 

Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa. 

General Fund $1,043.75 

First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. Va. 

General Fund $276.78 

Abel Fund 2.38 

Foster Fund 15.46 

Geske Fund 2.37 

Haag Fund 5.20 

$302.19 

Jenners Brethren Church, Jenners, Pa. 

General Fund $527.00 

F. Taber Fund 11.50 

Tresise Fund 24.00 

$562.50 

Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. 

General Fxmd $664.55 

Sheldon Fund 900.00 

$1,564.55 

Meyersdale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund $1,177.07 

Smnmit Mills Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund $10.00 

Garber Fund 17.70 

Geske Fund 6.70 

Goodman Fund 433.61 

Haag Fund 3.08 

Jones Fund 3.07 

$474.16 

Grace Brethren Church, Parkersburg, W. Va. 

General Fund $85.00 

Dowdy Fund 15.00 

$100.00 

Reading Brethren Church, Stoystown, Pa. 

General Fund $179.65 

F. Taber Fund 7.71 

$187.36 

First Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa. 

General Fund $330.61 

Hill Fund 1,800.00 

$2,130.61 

Grace Brethren Church, Washington, Pa. 

General Fund $178.69 

Allegheny District, Misc. 

General Fund $59.00 

Haag Fund 13.87 

F. Taber Fund 15.00 

Tresise Fund 100.00 

$187.87 

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

(Since most of these gifts were given be- 
fore the organization of the Northern Cal- 
ifornia District, all California churches are 
listed together.) 

Anaheim $1,082.00 



Artesia 192.72 

Beaumont 4,100.47 

Bell 418.70 

Bellflower 1,970.95 

Chico 750.58 

Compton 939.99 

Fillmore 494.00 

Glendale 2,244.38 

Inglewood 6,886.73 

La Verne 2,297.86 

Long Beach (First) 26,379.00 

Long Beach (Los Altos) 993.41 

Long Beach (North) 10.467.51 

Los Angeles (Community) 2,089.79 

Modesto (La Loma) 2,641.15 

Modesto (McHenry Avenue) .... 925.00 

Monte Vista 316.15 

Norwalk 7,051.86 

Oxnard 131.35 

Paramount 1.142.25 

Phoenix, Ariz 643.66 

Rialto 100.00 

San Bernardino 875.84 

San Diego 184.80 

San Jose 259.00 

Seal Beach S5.00 

South Gate 2,702.25 

South Pasadena 2,018.86 

Temple City 966.27 

Tracy 595.92 

West Covina 161.97 

Whittier (Community) 2,929.11 

Whittier (First) 6,615.70 

California District, Misc 2,400.81 



$94,035.04 



$1,082.00 

Carson Avenue Brethren Church, Artesia 



General Fund $180.86 

Africa Special Fund 11.86 



$192.72 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont 

General Fund $25.47 

Africa Special Fund 2,345.00 

Argentina Special Fund . 780.00 

Brazil Special Fund 400.00 

Hawaii Special Fund 500.00 

Wagner Fund 50.00 

$4,100.47 

Bell Brethren Church, Bell 

General Fund $418.70 

First Brethren Church, Bell-flower 

General Fund $259.00 

Burk Fund 15.70 

Dunning Fund 138.65 

Edmiston Fund 1,557.60 

$1,970.95 

Grace Brethren Church, Chico 

General Fund $750.53 

First Brethren Church, Compton 

General Fund $906.34 

Africa General Fund 5.00 

France General Fund .... 5.00 

Mexico General Fund ... 5.00 

Burk Fund 18.65 

$939.39 

First Brethren Church, Fillmore 

General Fund $484.00 

Africa General Fimd 10.00 

$494.00 

First Brethren Church, Glendale 

General Fund $1,463.28 

Africa Special Fund 40.00 

Altig Fund 234.69 

Emmert Fund 500.00 

Mason Fund 2.90 

Rottler Fund 3.51 

$2,244.38 



First Brethren Church, Inglewood 

General Fund $5,852.01 

Africa General Fund 121.00 

Africa Special Fund 88.57 

Argentina General Fund . 1.00 

Brazil General Fund 25.00 

Brazil Special Fund 31.00 

France General Fund 1.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 29.00 

Hawaii Special Fund 415.00 

Durming Fund 120.55 

Hill Fund 202.60 

$6,886.73 

First Brethren Church, La Verne 

General Fund $1,851.70 

Africa General Fund 253.00 

Africa Special Fund 10.00 

Argentina General Fund . 78.00 

Brazil General Fund 42.50 

Goodman Fund 2.66 

Robinson Fund 60.00 

$2,297.86 

First Brethren Church, Long Beach 

General Fund $23,898.01 

Africa General Fund 192.63 

Africa Special Fund 621.56 

Argentina General Fund . 81.33 

Brazil General Fund 69.87 

France General Fund . . . 32.84 

Hawaii General Fund 57.83 

Mexico General Fund . . . 86.84 

Bvron Fund 10.00 

Churchill Fund 82.00 

Durming Fund 10.00 

Edmiston Fund 40.00 

Hill Fund 547.60 

Hocking Fund 337.00 

M. Kennedy Fund 10.00 

Robbins Fund 26.49 

Samarin Fund 185.00 

Sheldon Fund 10.00 

Spangler Fund 12.00 

Tyson Fund 35.00 

Zielasko Fund 35.00 

$26,379.00 

Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach 

General Fund $131.25 

Africa Special Fund 852.16 

Burk Fund 10.00 

$993.41 

North Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach 

General Fund $9,829.78 

Africa Special Fund 10.00 

Argentina Special Fund . 100.00 

Churchill Fund 320.00 

Edmiston Fimd 207.73 

$10,467.51 

Community Brethren Church, Los Angeles 

General Fund $7.50 

Brazil General Fund 135.00 

Brazil Special Fund 115.00 

Burk Fund 1,807.29 

Haag Fund 15.00 

Tresise Fund 10.00 

$2,089.79 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto 

General Fund $1,883.58 

Africa General Fund 65.00 

Africa Special Fund 692.57 



General Fund $825.00 

Africa Special Fund 100.00 

$925.00 

Community Brethren Church, Monte Vista 

General Fund $256.15 

Africa Special Fund 25.00 

Goodman Fund 35.00 

$316.15 

Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk 
General Fund $6,816.50 



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Africa Special Fund 182.97 

Beaver Fund 15.00 

Burlc Fund 15.00 

Hill Fund 15.00 

Tresise Fund 7.39 

$7,051.86 

Grace Brethren Bible Class, OxnaTd 

General Fund $81.35 

Habegger Fund 2.50 

Mason Fund 45.00 

Rottler Fund 2.50 

$131.35 

Parainount Brethren Church, Para-mount 

General Fund $1,142.25 

Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 

General Fund $643.66 

Rialto Brethren Church, Rialto 

General Fund $100.00 

Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino 

General Fund $870.84 

Africa Special Fund 5.00 

$875.84 

First Brethren Church, San Diego 

General Fund $174.80 

Haag Fund 10.00 



The Brethren Church, San Jose 
General Fund $259.00 

First Brethren Church, Seal Beach 
General Fund $65.00 

First Brethren Church, South Gate 

General Fund $109.50 

Africa Special Fund 405.00 

Altig Fund 63.00 

Beaver Fund 2,067.25 

Dunning Fund 57.50 

$2,702.25 



General Fund $1,336.90 

Africa Special Fund 660.14 

M. Kennedy Fund 10.91 

Rottler Fund 10.91 

$2,018.86 

Temple City Brethren Church, Temple City 

General Fund $728.52 

Africa Special Fund 200.00 

Jobson Fund 16.67 

Mason Fund 17.52 

Rottler Fund 3.56 

$966.27 

First Brethren Church, Tracy 

General Fund $595.92 

West Covina Brethren Church, West Covina 

General Fund $159.97 

Jobson Fund 2.00 

$161.97 

Community Brethren Church, Whittier 

General Fund $2,804.11 

Africa General Fund 15.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 10.00 

Haag Fund 25.00 

Habegger Fund 10.00 

Hill Fund 15.00 

Jobson Fund ?n no 

M. Kennedy Fund 15.00 

Rottler Fund 13. uO 

$2,929.11 

First Brethren Church, Whittier 

General Fund $105.70 

Africa General Fund .... 35.00 

Africa Special Fund 200.00 

Argentina General Fund . 25.00 

Brazil General Fund 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund .... 5.00 

Mexico General Fund .... 25.00 

Altig Fund 1,112.50 

Biclcel Fund 50.00 

Churchill Fund 1,012.50 

Howard Fund 1,012.50 

Jullen Fund 10.00 



D. Miller Fund 3,012.50 



Caliiomia District, Misc. 

General Fund $757.30 

Africa Special Fund 500.00 

Brazil General Fund 50.00 

Brazil Special Fund 17.50 

Burk Fund 98.60 

Haag Fund 90.00 

Hill Fund 100.00 

Hocking Fund 6.65 

Kliever Fund 204.00 

Samarin Fund 258.52 

Tresise Fund 318.24 



EAST DISTRICT 

Altoona. Pa. (First) $910.05 

Altoona. Pa. (Grace) 974.44 

Conemaugh. Pa 1,850.08 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 1,744.32 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) . . 658.76 

Everett. Pa 1.019.65 

HoUidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 1,599.37 

Hopewell, Pa 954.60 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 9,236.90 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside! 1,394.38 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 2,300.64 

Kittanning. Pa. (North Buffalo) 450.00 

Leamersville. Pa 2,348.25 

Martinsburg, Pa 3,650.95 

East District. Misc 1,041.50 

$30,133.89 
First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa- 
General Fund $836.05 

Africa General Fund . . . 25.00 

Garber Fund 10.00 

Haag Fund 18.00 

L. Kennedy Fund 21.00 

$910.05 

Grace Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

General Fund $302.19 

Roy Snyder Fund 672.25 

$974.44 

Conemaugh Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $1,109.08 

Africa Special Fund 135.00 

Jones Fund 134.50 

Samarin Fund 144.00 

Ruth Snyder Fund 327.50 

$1,850.08 

Pike Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $1,744.32 

Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

General Fund $593.76 

Africa General Fund 65.00 

$658.76 

Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 

General Fund $904.65 

L. Kermedy Fund 115.00 



Vicksburg Brethren Church, 
HoUidaysburg, Pa. 

General Fund $1,499.98 

Africa General Fund 66.15 

Abel Fund 11.89 

Geske Fund 10.56 

Haag Fund 5.40 

L. Kennedy Fund 5.39 



Grace Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa. 



General Fund 

Abel Fund 

Geske Fund 

Haag Fund 

Jones Fund 

L. Kennedy Fund 
Roy Snyder Fund . 
Spangler Fund . . . 



$85.00 
3.65 
3.65 
7.30 
3.65 
7.30 

829.35 
14.70 



First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 



Hawaii General Fund . . . 1.00 

Blckel Fund 1,292.56 

Dowdy Fund 43.61 

Haag Fund 39.80 

Jones Fund 21.92 

L. Kennedy Fund 14.00 

Kliever Fund 586.28 

Rottler Fund lO.OO 

Schwartz Fund 5.00 

Ruth Snyder Fund 50.00 

$9,236.90 

Riverside Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund $353.49 

Hocking Fund 5.00 

C. Taber Fund 1,035.89 

$1,394.38 

First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund $2,190.64 

Cone Fund 110.00 

$2,300.64 

North Buffalo Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund $450.00 



General Fund $782.41 

Africa Special Fund 75.00 

Tresise Fund 1,490.84 

$2,348.25 

First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

General Fund $2,057.50 

Cone Fund 50.00 

E. Miller Funu 50.00 

Sumey Fund 1,493.45 

$3,650.95 

East District, IWise. 

General Fund $181.50 

Haag Fund 550.00 

Jones Fund 300.00 

Roy Snyder Fund 10.00 

$1,041.50 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Barbee Lake $198.20 

Berne 3,052.47 

Clay Citv 739.80 

Elkhart ' 956.84 

Flora 1,457.69 

Fort Wayne (First) 4,061.63 

Fort Wayne (Grace) 1,025.13 

Goshen 620.72 

Kokomo 100.00 

Leesburg 587.16 

Osceola 2,708.31 

Peru 924.80 

Sharpsville 57.01 

Sidney 878.89 

South Bend 1.484.86 

Warsaw 1,187.41 

Wheaton. Ill 492.44 

Winona Lake 4,562.69 

Indiana District, Misc 1,084.70 





$26,180.75 


Barbee Brethren Church, 


Barbee Lake 


General Fimd 

E. Miller Fund 


$48.20 
150.00 



General Fund 

Africa General Fund . . 
Africa Special Fimd . . 
Argentina General Fund 
Brazil General Fund . . . 



$3,684.46 

914.27 

2,525.00 

36.00 

13.00 



Bethel Brethren Church, Berne 

General Fund $3,037.47 

Africa Special Fund 15.00 

$3,052.47 

First Brethren Church, Clay City 

General Fund $685.55 

Burk Fund 20.05 

L. Keimedy Fund 34.20 

$739.80 

Grace Brethren Church, Elkhart 

General Fund $891.48 

E. Miller Fund 65.36 

$956.84 

Grace Brethren Church, Flora 

General Fund $1,401.69 

Garber Fund 41.00 

L. Kennedy Fund 15.00 



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First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne 

General Fund $3,824.90 

Africa Special Fund 87.00 

Hawaii General Fund .... 10.00 

Burk Fund 26.73 

Geske Fund 35.00 

Habegger Fund 3.00 

Mason Fund 75.00 

$4,061.63 

Grace Brethren Church, Fort Wayne 

General Fund $1,025.13 

Grace Brethren Church, Goshen 

General Fund $529.62 

Burk Fund 38.05 

Habegger Fund 28.05 

Hocking Fund 25.00 

$620.72 

Indian Heights Brethren Church, Kokomo 

General Fund $100.00 

Leesburg Brethren Church, Leeshurg 

General Fund $569.16 

HiU Fund 8.00 

Hocking Fund 10.00 

$587.16 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola 

General Fund $2,328.31 

Africa Special Fund 20.00 

Burk Fund 100.00 

Hill Fund 160.00 

Zielasko Fund 100.00 

$2,708.31 

Peru Brethren Church, Peru 



Grace Brethren Church, Sharpsville 

General Fund $57.01 

Sidney Brethren Church, Sidney 

General Fund $878.89 

Ireland Road Brethren Church, South Bend 

General Fund $1,203.86 

Africa General Fund 50.00 

Brazil General Fund 50.00 

Hawaii General Fund 20.00 

Spangler Fund 41.00 

Zielasko Fund 120.00 

$1,484.86 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw 

General Fund $1,182.41 

Argentina Fund 5.00 



$1,187.41 
Grace Brethren Church, Wheaton, III. 

General Fund $452.44 

Brazil General Fund 10.00 

Churchill Fund 10.00 

F. Taber Fund 20.00 

$492.44 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake 

General Fund $4,105.33 

Africa General Fund 8.00 

Africa Special Fund 85.21 

Argentina General Fund . . 5.00 

Argentina Special Fund . . 21.70 

Mexico General Fund 160.45 

Burk Fund 12.00 

Edmiston Fund 100.00 

Jones Fund 25.00 

Mason Fund 15.00 

Huth Snyder Fund 25.00 

$4,562.69 

Indiana District, Misc. 

General Fund $544.52 

Africa Special Fund 150.00 

Brazil Special Fund 31.09 

France Special Fund 17.25 

Cone Fund 150.00 

Dowdy Fund 16.84 

Habegger Fund 100.00 

Hocking Fund 25.00 

Schrock Fund 50.00 



IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids $868.82 

Dallas Center 1,194.70 

Garwin 2,443.32 

Leon 292.99 

North English 2,300.23 

Waterloo 4,685.64 

Winona, Minn 70.41 

Iowa District, Misc 75.00 

$11,931.11 

Grace Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids 

General Fund $806.20 

Burk Fund 14.84 

Garber Fund 15.03 

L. Kennedy Fund 13.00 

Thurston Fund 19.75 

$868.82 

First Brethren Church, Dallas Center 

General Fund $698.00 

Africa Special Fund 231.00 

Emmert Fund 206.95 

L. Kennedy Fund 24.50 

Schrock Fund 34.25 

$1,194.70 

Carlton Brethren Chitrch, Garwin 

General Fund $100.00 

Africa Special Fund 50.00 

Burk Fund 9.15 

L. Kennedy Fund 7.56 

Schrock Fund 19.91 

Thurston Fund 2,256.70 

$2,443.32 

Leon Brethren Church, Leon 

General Fund $147.39 

Africa Special Fund 13.00 

Burk Fund 4.85 

Cochran Fund 25.00 

Cone Fund 97.75 

Emmert Fund 5.00 

$292.99 

Pleasant Grove Brethren Church, 
North English 

General Fund $545.00 

Africa Special Fund 1,536.50 

Argentina General Fund . 1.73 

Argentina Special Fund . 22.00 

Byron Fund 85.00 

D. Miller Fund 90.00 

Schrock Fund 20.00 

$2,300.23 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo 

General Fund $257.80 

Africa General Fund 5.00 

Africa Special Fund 212.56 

Argentina Special Fund 397.33 

Burk Fund 34.70 

Garber Fund 26.80 

Schrock Fimd 3,751.45 



Grace Brethren Church, Winona, Minn. 



General Fund 

Africa Special Fund 



Iowa District, Misc. 



General Fund 

Africa Special Fund 



MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto $523.97 

Berrien Springs 122.49 

Lake Odessa 1,746.91 

Lansing 382.01 

New Troy 942.00 

Ozark 232.39 

Michigan District, Misc 3.00 



$3,952.77 



Calvary Brethren Church, Alto 

General Fund $470.69 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 25.28 

C. Taber Fund 28.00 



Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa 

General Fund $1,541.91 

Africa General Fund . . . 80.00 

Argentina General Fund 50.00 

Brazil General Fund 25.00 

France General Fund 10.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 5.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 35.00 

$1,746.91 

Grace Brethren Church, Lansing 

General Fund $287.58 

Burk Fund 10.00 

Garber Fund 24.14 

Hocking Fund 60.29 

$382.01 

New Troy Brethren Church, New Troy 

General Fund $942.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Ozark 

General Fund $200.54 

Burk Fund 31.85 

$232.39 

Michigan District, Misc. 
General Fund $3.00 

MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va $448.88 

Chambersburg, Pa. (Fond Bank) 50.18 

Hagerstown. Md. (Calvary) 766.17 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 2,203.95 

Martinsburg, W. Va 1,564.70 

Seven Fountains, Va 129.44 

Washington, D. C 2,348.35 

Waynesboro, Pa 3,113.76 

Winchester, Va 2,359.99 

Mid-Atlantic District, Misc 143.00 

$13,128.42 

ComTnonwealth Avenue Brethren Church, 
Alexandria, Va. 

General Fund $434.81 

L. Kennedy Fund 14.07 



Grace Brethren Church of Pond Bank, 
Chambersburg, Pa. 

General Fund $10.72 

Foster Fund 12.70 

L. Keimedy Fund 14.05 

Mason Fund 12.71 



$50.18 

Calvary Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund $401.94 

Africa General Fund 23.00 

Rottler Fund 341.23 



$766.17 



Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund $1,876.40 

Foster Fund 19.70 

Rottler Fund 307.85 

$2,203.95 

Rosemont Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 

General Fund $1,417.49 

Africa General Fund 39.77 

Mexico General Fund 7.44 

Cone Fund 100.00 



$1,084.70 



Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs 
General Fund $122.49 



General Fund $129.44 

First Brethren Church, Washington, D. C. 

General Fund $10.00 

Africa Special Fund 20.00 

France Special Fund 50.00 

Dowdy Fund 1,415.46 

Geske Fund 817.74 

Jobson Fund 35.15 

$2,348.35 

First Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

General Fund $3,058.76 

Africa Special Fund 35.00 

Williams Fund 20.00 

$3,113.76 



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First Brethren Church, Winchester, Va. 

General Fund $2,359.99 

Mid-Atlantic District, Misc. 

General Fund $60.00 

Foster Fund 48.00 

Rottler Fund 35.00 

$143.00 

MIDWEST DISTRICT 



Albuquerque. N. Mex $33.85 

Arroyo Hondo. N. Mex 53.66 

Beaver City. Nebr 185.13 

Cheyenne. Wyo 652.07 

Denver. Colo 291.00 

Portis, Kans 1.568.75 

Ranches de Taos. N. Mex 20.10 

Taos. N. Mex 234.77 

Midwest District. Misc 156.00 

$3,195.33 

Grace Brethren Church, 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

General Fund $33.85 

Arroyo Hondo Brethren Chjtrch, 
Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex. 

General Fund $53.66 

Grace Brethren Church, 
Beaver City, Nebr. 

General Fund $180.13 

Africa Special Fund 5.00 

$185.13 

First Brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyo. 

General Fund $521.74 

Africa Special Fund 16.36 

Brazil General Fund 52.07 

L. Kennedy Fund 21.90 

Williams Fund 40.00 

$652.07 

Grace Brethren Church, Denver, Colo. 

General Fund $8.62 

Burk Fund 9.33 

Churchill Fund 15.78 

Dowdy Fund 17.01 

Edmiston Fund 10.98 

Fogle Fund 11.19 

Garber Fund 10.00 

Haag Fund 10.30 

L. Kennedy Fund 11.91 

Sickel Fund 10.48 

Roy Snyder Fund 144.00 

Thurston Fund 15.00 

Tresise Fund 16.40 

$291.00 

First Brethren Church, Portis, Kans. 

General Fund $1,314.69 

Africa Special Fund 2.00 

Argentina General Fund . 25.00 

Burk Fund 29.45 

Cone Fund 130.90 

L. Kennedy Fund 66.71 

$1,568.75 

Cordillera Brethren Church, 
Ranchos de Taos, N. Mex. 

General Fund $20.10 

Canon Brethren Church, Taos, N. Mex. 

General Fund $234.77 

Midwest District, Misc. 

General Fund $46.00 

Brazil Special Fund 75.00 

Cochran Fund 25.00 

Spangler Fund 10.00 

$156.00 



NORTHERN ATLANTIC DISTRICT 



Allentown. Pa $1,105.04 

Boston. Mass 400.00 

Harrisburg. Pa 2,135.53 

Palmyra. Pa 1,545.88 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) 6,438.50 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 4.094.58 

York, Pa 721.63 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc. 79.00 



First Brethren Church, Allentown, Pa. 

General Fund $20.00 

Foster Fund 5.00 

F. TaberFund 1,080.04 

$1,105.04 

Grace Brethren Sunday School, Boston, Mass. 

General Fund $400.00 

Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrisburg, Pa. 

General Fund $2,057.03 

Burk Fund 78.50 

$2,135.53 

Grace Brethren Church, Palmyra, Pa. 

General Fund $656.53 

Africa Special Fund 275.00 

Abel Fund 14.62 

Bickel Fund 3.62 

Fogle Fund 226.63 

Foster Fund 52.88 

Geske Fund 24.51 

Haag Fund 59.61 

L. Kennedy Fund 67.98 

Mason Fund 48.47 

F. Taber Fund 79.42 

Zielasko Fund 36.61 

$1,545.88 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund $3,313.94 

Africa General Fund 10.00 

Africa Special Fund 370.00 

Argentina General Fund . 10.00 

Brazil General Fund 10.00 

France General Fund .... 15.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 15.00 

Fogle Fund 10.00 

Foster Fund 30.00 

Geske Fund 50.00 

Jobson Fund 125.00 

L. Kennedy Fund 185.00 

M. Kennedy Fund 217.75 

Maconaghy Fund 70.00 

Marshall Fund 10.00 

E. Miller Fund 15.00 

Schwartz Fund 857.06 

Roy Snyder Fund 385.45 

Sumey Fund 10.00 

Tyson Fund 729.30 



$6,438.50 
Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund $469.25 

Africa Special Fund 31.00 

Argentina Special Fund . 2.714.26 

Brazil General Fund 96.60 

Hawaii General Fund 10.00 

Mexico General Fund 10.00 

Maconaghy Fund 723.47 

Tyson Fund : 40.00 

$4,094.58 

Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. 

General Fund $642.10 

Abel Fund 5.32 

Foster Fund 8.04 

Haag Fund 20.38 

Jones Fund 8.58 

L. Kennedy Fund 11.52 

Mason Fund 11.91 

F. Taber Fund 13.78 

$721.63 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc. 



$16,520.16 



NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron $4,087.55 

Ankenytown 888.50 

Ashland 4,769.89 

Canton 2,423.63 

Cleveland 442.47 

Columbus 100.00 

Cuyahoga Falls 808.24 

Danville 1,438.80 

Elyria 810.98 

Findlay 391.70 

Findlay (Southside Brethren S.S.) 20.82 

Fremont (Chapel) 143.40 

Fremont ( Grace) 2,305.96 

Homerville 749.69 

Mansfield ( Grace) 7,790.67 

Mansfield (Woodville) 537.85 

Middlebranch 952.14 

Rittman 2,100.90 

Sterling 1.423.32 



$37,855.50 

First Brethren Church, Akron 

General Fund $3,564.90 

Africa General Fund 100.00 

Mishler Fund 422.65 

■ $4,087.55 

First Brethren Church, Ankenytown 

General Fvmd $888.50 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland 

General Fund $2,902.53 

Africa Special Fund 271.00 

Bishop Fund 755.18 

Burk Fund 22.90 

Hoyt Fund 818.28 

$4,769.89 

First Brethren Church, Canton 

General Fund $2,323.63 

Hoyt Fund 100.00 

$2,423.63 

First Brethren Church, Cleveland 

General Fund $362.39 

Africa Special Fund 75.00 

Garber Fund 4.08 

Habegger Fund 100 

$442.47 

Grace Brethren Church, Columbus 

General Fund $100.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls 
General Fund $808.24 

Danville Brethren Church, Danville 

General Fund $1,430.00 

Burk Fund 8.80 

$1,438.80 

Grace Brethren Church, Elyria 

General Fund $810.98 

Findlay Brethren Church, Findlay 

General Fund $366.70 

Hoyt Fund 25.00 

$391.70 

Southside Brethren Sunday School, Findlay 

General Fund $20.82 

Brethren Chapel, Fremont 

General Fund $93.40 

Africa Special Fund 50.00 

$143.40 

Groce Brethren Church, Fremont 

General Fund $2,275.96 

L. Kennedy Fund 30.00 

$2,305.96 

West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville 

General Fund $749.69 

Grace Brethren Church, Mansjield 

General Fund $7,690.67 

Africa General Fund 10.00 

Argentina General Fund . 2.50 

France General Fund . . . 87.50 

$7,790.67 

Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 
Mansfield 

General Fund $522.85 

Burk Fund 15.00 

— $537.85 

First Brethren Church, Middlebranch 

General Fund $952.14 

First Brethren Church, Rittman 

General Fund $1,523.88 

Abel Fund 15.16 

Dowdy Fund 508.35 

Mason Fund 15.15 

Mishler Fund 10.00 

Rottler Fund 6.20 



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Spangler Fund 22.16 

$2,100.90 

First Brethren Church, Sterling 

General Fund $1,396.92 

Abel Fund 10.00 

L. Kennedy Fund 16.40 

$1,423.32 

First Brethren Church, Wooster 

General Fund $4,979.76 

Africa General Fund 167.00 

Africa Special Fund 167.83 

Argentina General Fund . . 10.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 112.00 

Abel Fund 5.00 

Burk Fund 10.00 

Hoyt Fund 33.00 

Mason Fund 1.00 

E. Miller Fund 15.00 

Ruth Snyder Fund 5.00 

Spangler Fund 20.00 

C. Taber Fund 20.40 

F. Taber Fund 3.00 

$5,548.99 

Northern Ohio District, Misc. 

General Fund $10.00 

Africa Special Fund 25.00 

Jobson Fund lO.OO 

Mishler Fund 75.00 

$120.00 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany. Greg $686.61 

Grandview, Wash 407.18 

Harrah, Wash 1,304.63 

Seattle, Wash 986.98 

Spokane. Wash 497.77 

Sunnyside. Wash 4,127.41 

Yakima. Wash 1,141.64 

Northwest District, Misc 146.44 

$9,298.66 

Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg. 

General Fund $686.61 

First Brethren Church, Grandview, Wash. 

General Fund $407.18 

Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash. 

General Fund $1,068.83 

Africa General Fund . . 130.80 
Hawaii General Fund ... 1.00 

Williams Fund 104.00 

$1,304.63 

Vieio Ridge Brethren Church, Seattle, Wash. 

General Fund $986.98 

First Brethren Church, Spokane, Wash. 

General Fund $497.77 

First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 

General Fund $2,801.70 

Africa Special Fund 154.00 

Argentina General Fund 15.50 

Argentina Special Fund 15.00 

Brazil Special Fund 15.00 

Hawaii Special Fund .... 5.00 

Mexico Special Fund .... 15.00 

Bishop Fund 610.94 

Dunning Fund 280.61 

Garber Fund 81.90 

Habegger Fund 30.51 

Mason Fund 53.70 

Rottler Fund 19.40 

Thurston Fund 29.15 

$4,127.41 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

General Fund $1,131.64 

Africa General Fund 10.00 

$1,141.64 

Northwest District, Misc. 

General Fimd $45.00 

Africa Special Fund 101.44 

$146.44 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Buena Vista, Va $2,071.63 

Covington, Va 668.15 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 1,437.65 

HoUins. Va 1.132.67 

February 1, 1958 



Johnson City. Tenn 260.30 

Ldmestone, Tenn 453.69 

Radford, Va 208.92 

Riner, Va 163.06 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 404.80 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) .... 60.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 1.520.01 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) . . 702.25 

Virginia Beach, Va 25.46 

Southeast District, Misc 409.49 

$9,518.08 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. 

General Fund $2,032.36 

Foster Fund 9.64 

L. Kennedy Fund 9.63 

Schwartz Fund 10.00 

Tyson Fund 10.00 

$2,071.63 

First Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 

General Fund $668.15 

Grace Brethren Church, 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

General Fund $1,358.79 

Africa Special Fund 13.05 

Argentina Special Fund . 43.25 

Brazil Special Fund 5.00 

Mexico Special Fund . . . 17.56 

$1,437.65 

Patterson Memorial Brethren Church, 
HoUins, Va. 

General Fund $1,096.67 

Africa General Fund .... 23.50 

Argentina General Fund . 12.50 

$1,132.67 

Johnson City Brethren Church, 
Johnson City, Tenn. 

General Fund $260.30 

Vernon Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 

General Fund $453.69 

Fairlawn Brethren Church, Radford, Va. 

General Fund $174.79 

Foster Fund 21.68 

Haag Fund 12.45 

• ■ $208.92 

Grace Brethren Church, Riner, Va. 

General Fund $163.06 

Clearbrook Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $404.80 

Garden City Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $60.00 

Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $1,520.01 

Washington Heights Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund $677.50 

Africa Special Fund 24.75 

$702.25 

Grace Brethren Church, Virginia Beach, Va. 

General Fund $25.46 

Southeast District, Misc. 

General Fund $95.00 

Cone Fund 70.00 

Foster Fund 44.49 

Hoyt Fund 70.00 

Jobson Fund 10.00 

Jones Fund 15.00 

E. Miller Fund 70.00 

C. Taber Fund 35.00 

$409.49 

SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Camden $175.51 

Clayhole, Ky 288.17 

Clayton 2,392.19 

Covington 140.11 

Dayton (First) 5,659.82 

Dayton (Grace) 254.86 

Dayton (North Riverdale) 5,345.62 

Dayton (Patterson Park) 1,078.88 



Dryhill, Ky 100.00 

Englewood 1,028.62 

Sinking Springs 36.00 

Troy 404.43 

West Alexandria 379.71 

Southern Ohio District. Misc 156^93 

$17,440.90 

First Brethren Church, Camden 

General Fund $175.51 

Clayhole Brethren Church, Clayhole, Ky. 

General Fund $228 05 

L. Kennedy Fund 30.00 

Wagner Fund 30.12 

■ $288.17 

First Brethren Church, Clayton 

General Fund $2,249 85 

Africa Special Fund 122.34 

Argentina Special Fund . 20.00 

$2,392.19 

First Brethren Church, Covington 

General Fund $61.50 

Africa Special Fvmd 78.61 

■ $140.11 

First Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $5,464.82 

Africa General Fund 50.00 

Africa Special Fund 20.00 

Mexico General Fund . . . 125.00 

$5,659.82 

Grace Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $254.86 

Worth Riuerdale Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $5,310.87 

Burk Fund 30.75 

JuUen Fund 4.00 

$5,345.62 

Patterson Park Brethren Church, Dayton 

General Fund $1,068.88 

Spangler Fund 10.00 

$1,078.88 

Brethren Chapel, Dryhill, Ky. 
Beaver Fund $100.00 

Engleioood Grace Brethren Church, 
Englewood 

General Fund $903.35 

Africa Special Fund 125.27 

$1,028.62 

Grace Brethren Church, Sinking Springs 

General Fund $36.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Troy 
General Fund $404.48 

Sampleville Brethren Mission, 
West Alexandria 

General Fund $374.71 

Africa Special Fund 5.00 

$379.71 

Southern Ohio District, Misc. 

General Fund $5.60 

Africa Special Fund 151.33 

$156.93 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Honolulu, T. H $585.00 

National Miscellaneous 1,519.13 

National SMM 2,282.39 

National WMC 7.950.11 

$12,336.63 

Grace Chapel, Honolulu, T. H. 

General Fund $160.00 

Hawaii General Fund . . . 425.00 

$585.00 

National Miscellaneous 

General Fund $263.00 

Africa Special Fund 200.00 

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Mexico General Fund . . . 20.00 

Beaver Fund 50.00 

Burk Fund 5.00 

Cone Fund 10.00 

Haag Fund 4.00 

Hocking Fund 50.00 

Mason Fund 175.00 

Rottler Fund 100.00 

Schrock Fund 600.00 

Sheldon Fund 22.13 

Spangler Fund 20.00 



1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

6. 

7. 

8. 

9. 
10. 
11. 



National Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 

Higher Education of 

Missionary Children . . . $700.00 

France Special Fund 1.582.39 

$2,282.39 

National Women's Missionary Council 

General Fund — Old Mis- 
sionary Residence $550.00 

General Fund — New Mis- 
sionary Residence 3,210.18 



Africa Special Fund 1,294.93 

Bickel Fund 900.00 

Byron Fund 900.00 

Dunning Fund 10.00 

Fogle Fund 140.00 

Foster Fund 900.00 

Wagner Fund 45.00 

$7,950.11 

Total Gifts to FMS $293,525.99 

Gifts for Work Outside the FMS 5.00 

GRAND TOTAL $293,530.99 



Church Gifts Exceeding $3,000 



Long Beach, Calif. (First) $26,379.00 12. 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) ... 10,467.51 13. 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 9,236.90 14. 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 7,790.67 15. 

Norwalk, Calif 7,051.86 16. 

Inglewood, Calif 6,886.73 17. 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 6,615.70 18. 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6,438.50 19. 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 5,659.82 20. 

Wooster, Ohio 5,548.99 21. 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) 5,345.62 22. 



Ashland, Ohio 4,769.89 

Waterloo, Iowa 4,685.64 

Winona Lake, Ind 4,562.69 

Sunnyside, Wash 4,127.41 

Beaumont, Calif 4,100.47 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 4,094.58 

Akron, Ohio 4,087.55 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 4,061.63 

Martinsburg, Pa 3,650.95 

Waynesboro, Pa 3,113.76 

Berne, Ind 3,052.57 



Kenneth G. Moeller, Financial Secretary 
Homer A. Kent, Sr., Treasurer. 



OUR SINCERE THANKS TO EVERY DONOR! 



The Bridge- 



Mother put two sounds together — 
the sobs of one small boy beside the 
house and the slamming of truck 
doors a few yards away. That meant 
that Daddy was leaving his little 
son behind this Sunday morning. 
Mother glanced hesitatingly at the 
much-patched blue jeans and the 
paint-splotched shirt; then she hur- 
ried to the truck with a small hand 
in hers. If she had known what lay 
ahead of her three-year-old that 
morning, she probably would not 
have interceded for him. 

The truck lumbered along until 
it reached the last chapel spot on the 
road. Bob Hill preached there, and 
then the two men and Kim fol- 



lowed a path through this roadless 
country until they came to a bridge. 
The river beneath the bridge rushed 
deep and swift, dropping over a 
fifty-foot falls a few yards away. The 
V-shaped vine bridge swung low and 
dipped into the treacherous waters 
in the middle. The problem? One 
small boy. The solution? A father. 
With his arms about his father's 
neck and his legs about his waist, 
Kim clung to his daddy with utmost 
confidence as they inched their way 
across the dangerous bridge. The 
father knew that he dare not let 
go of the vines for an instant with 
even one hand to support the boy 
lest they should slip into the turbu- 
lent waters and be swept over the 
faUs. 

Why this risk? Why this trip? Be- 
yond this bridge ten thousand souls 



yet untouched for Christ are wait- 
ing, offering one of the few remain- 
ing opportunities for pioneer mis- 
sionary work left in our field. The 
government rules that all villages in 
the Oubangui-Chari be moved up to 
the roads, and yet in our district of 
thirty thousand people some ten 
thousand are still off the roads. The 
bridge is representative of the phys- 
ical barriers that hinder a spiritual 
harvest in this area unaccessible by 
roads. 

Again, the problem? Ten thou- 
sand unsaved souls, some of whom 
are facing the bridge of death every 
day. And the solution? A Heavenly 
Father who will carry them safely 
across to a heavenly home. 

"Pray ye therefore the Lord of 
the harvest . . ." — Mrs. George E. 
Cone. 



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Newsmakers 



HAGERSTOWN, MD. The 
Grace Brethren Church, Warren 
Tamkin, pastor, has completed a 
remodehng program on the church 
basement. A new ceiUng and lights 
have been installed. Knotty pine par- 
titions, newly painted walls, and 
asphalt tile on the floors have made 
the basement available for the ex- 
panding program. The cost was 
about $2,500. A new church at- 
tendance record was set Jan. 5. 

NORWALK, CALIF. The Nor- 
walk Brethren Church has adopted 
the Cross and Crown System for 
Sunday-school attendance. Henry 
Rempel is pastor. (All such material 
may be secured from the College 
Book Store, operated by the Mis- 
sionary Herald.) 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Dr. Ber- 
nard Schneider begins his 15th year 
as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church. James Cook, associate pas- 
tor, begins his eighth year. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Max 
Williams, youth director at the First 
Brethren Church here, has resigned 
to enter full-time field work for the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles. He 
will be serving in the northern part 
of California. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. The First 
Brethren Church has appointed a 
Church Relocation Committee. Dr. 
Elias White is pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. Eighteen 
adults followed the Lord in Chris- 
tian baptism during a special Watch- 
night service at the Calvary Breth- 
ren Church. — Jack Peters, pastor. 

SAN JOSE, CALIF. Dr. Herman 
Koontz will deliver the dedicatory 
address for the new parsonage of 
The Brethren Church. Bill McKil- 
len — pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Christian 
sympathies are extended to Rev. J. 
P. Kliever, missionary in French 
Equatorial Africa, in the homegoing 
of his father, John F. Kliever, Jan. 
11. 



Mrs. Elizabeth Porter went to be 
with her Lord on Dec. 13. She was 
a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, of Hopewell, Pa., having 
been recently received into the fel- 
lowship of the church. She suffered 
a paralytic stroke Nov. 28. — Shel- 
don W. Snyder, pastor. 

Mrs. Tate (Carrie) Allison de- 
parted from this life on Jan. 8. Be- 
cause of poor health she was not 
able to attend services at the First 
Brethren Church for some years, 
but was faithful in her support. — 
Wm. H. Schaffer, pastor. 

Bob Petty was released to be with 
the Lord on Dec. 20. Bob loved the 
Lord, and loved his church. The 
First Brethren Church, of Ingle- 
wood, Calif. He made his testimony 
felt to all who knew him. — Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor. 

Clarence Housour went to be with 
the Lord the first week of January. 
He was a dear saint of God and 
labored faithfully in the Bethel 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. — 
Scott Weaver, pastor. 

Mrs. Clara Snider stepped sud- 
denly out of this hfe to join her hus- 
band in heaven on Jan. 1. She was 
faithful to the things of the Lord in 
the Grace Brethren Church, of 
Mansfield, Ohio. — Bernard N. 
Schneider, pastor. 



Tka BDPTHDFN 




Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C, Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Jennie E. Coykendall, a member 
of the Lathrop Brethren Church 
(Lathrop, Calif.) for 48 years, went 
to be with the Lord on June 20, 
1957. Her husband Bert preceded 
her in death on May 6, 1956. They 
were two of the oldest members of 
the Lathrop church. — J. Wesley 
Piatt, pastor. 

Luther Wesley Funk, 61, de- 
parted from this life on Jan. 12. He 
was the father of Mrs. Lee Crist, 
whose husband is pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. 
Va. — Lee Crist, pastor. 

Jennie Blanche Walter, a faith- 
ful member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, of Hopewell, Pa., went to 
be with the Lord suddenly on Jan. 
5. "Sister Jennie" as she was fa- 
miliarly known, will be remembered 
for her faithfulness in correspond- 
ence with all our missionaries and 
for her faithfulness to her church. — 
Sheldon Snyder, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at 
least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 

Kittanning, Pa. 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Grafton, W. Va. 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla 

Artesia, Calif. 
Washington, D. C. 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla 

Dallas Center, 

Iowa 

Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Middlebranch, 

Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio . 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) .... 



Date 

Feb 2-16 . . 
Feb. 9-16 . . 
Feb. 9-23 . 

Feb. 10-16 
Feb. 16-19 . 
Feb. 16-19 . 

Mar. 23-27 



Feb. 23-Mar. 9 
Mar. 2-16 . . . 

Mar. 4-16 . . . 
Mar. 23-Apr. 6 



Pastor 

Wm. Schaffer 
Mark Malles 
Lee Crist . . . 



Ralph Colburn 
Adam Rager 
James Dixon 



Speaker 

Lester Pifer. 
John Woodward. 
Crusade Team. 

Louis T. Talbot. 
R. I. Humberd. 
Jewish Conference 



Ralph Colburn . . Herbert Pugmire. 



Forrest Jackson 
Wm. Gray . 



Wesley Haller 
M. L. Myers 



Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . Jack Peters 



Bill Smith. 
Crusade Team. 

John Aeby. 

A. R. Kriegbaum. 

L. L. Grubb. 



February 1, 1958 



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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Pray for the rich blessing of the 
Lord upon Brethren people during 
the four-month foreign mission pe- 
riod of February, March, April and 
May. 

Praise the Lord for the good fi- 
nancial response from the churches 
which enabled us to finish the month 
of December without additional bor- 
rowing. 

Pray for wisdom, strength, and 
funds for our Africa missionaries to 
carry out decisions made at their 
field council meeting in early Jan- 
uary. 

Praise the Lord for favorable re- 
ports from the Maconaghys at Jose 
Marmol in Argentina. 

Pray definitely for the Lord's 
blessing in the missionary confer- 
ences (rallies) in the Northwest, 
Northern CaUfomia and California 
districts. 

Pray that missionary candidates 
now ready to go to Africa, France, 
Brazil and Hawaii may be sent soon. 

Praise the Lord for all the souls 
won to our Lord on our mission 
field in 1957. 

YOUTH— 

Pray that Christian youth will dis- 
play courage and conviction in their 
every day walk of Ufe. 

Pray for those who have made 
decisions to Uve for Christ, that 
they will exercise His sufficiency and 
be victorious over the wiles of the 
Devil. 

Pray that more of our youth will 
become soul-winners. 

Pray that the Youth office will 
have the mind of Christ in the ways 
we should serve our youth, our pas- 
tors, and our blessed Lord. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

Pray that the Lord might bless 
the improved and revised Sunday 
school curriculum which will go 
into effect in the second quarter of 
1959. 

Pray for the writers of Sunday 
school quarterly material and those 
writing articles for the Missionary 
Herald. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray that every teacher might 
catch the vision of opportunity to 
win his pupils to Christ. 

Pray that the coming Loyalty 
Campaign (April 13 — May 18) 
might be effective in the lives of 
every scholar. 

Continue to pray for the financial 
needs of the Brethren National Sun- 
day School Board. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray for the Navajo Mission work 
and especially for the recovery of 
Rev. Howard Vulgamore who was 
injured in a recent hunting accident. 

Pray for the Lord to show us the 
proper assignment of the Brethren 
Construction Company crews in the 
face of our financial needs. 

Pray for the plans now being made 
by district mission boards and dis- 
trict conferences, that there may be 
the same continued cooperation with 
the national home-mission program. 

Pray for the financial needs of 
needed building programs in Ber- 
rien Springs, Mich.; Kokomo, Ind.; 
Hatboro, Pa.; and Winona, Minn. 

Pray for a definite leading of the 
Lord in the final plans for Brethren 
home missions during 1958 as the 
board meets in March. 

WMC— 

Pray for the program committees, 
that they will be led of the Lord as 
they prepare programs for the dis- 
trict conferences in the spring. 

Pray that the districts will be 
faithful in meeting their goals. 

Pray for all the district officers, 
that they will seek the Lord's guid- 
ance as they carry on the work of 
the Lord. 

Pray that all will have a real pas- 
sion to do all that they can so that 
many more will come to know the 
Lord Jesus as their Saviour in the 
homeland and on the foreign field. 

Day of Prayer 

February 15 




"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, 
call ye upon him while he is near" (Isa. 
55:6). 



SMM— 

Pray for our national project of- 
fering this year that we might be 
able to go over the set goal for His 
glory. 

Pray for our district projects also, 
that they may be met in each district 
and that the district SMM might 
get more response from the local 
SMM's. 

Pray for the SMM girls that are 
graduating from high school this 
year that even now they may be 
letting the Lord lead them into the 
college or work where He would 
have them. j 



GRACE SEMINARY, COLLEGE 

Pray for the seminary and col- 
lege and all the work connected 
with them. The office staff, the 
members of the faculty, the students 
(especially the new ones), that they 
will be able to adapt themselves to 
their studies and new life. 

Continue to pray for those who 
are traveling and visiting the 
churches on behalf of the present 
building program. 

Pray earnestly that God will bur- 
den the hearts of His people to see 
the buildings completed debt free. 



LAYMEN— 

Pray for the many new laymen 
groups that have been organized 
this fall and winter, that all the men 
in each church will give this work i 
their undivided support. • 

Pray for the many evangelistic 
meetings that are being held by the 
Crusade team and others this win- | 
ter, and also for the Crusade offer- 
ing in February. 

Pray for the Boys Clubs, and 
gospel-team work that our men are 
engaged in across the nation, that 
many soi ' will be saved. 



The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 8, 1958 




-IRISTIAN EDUCATION 



BLENDS 



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LIFE AND SERVICE 



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WE WOULD SEE JESUS 



Recently a teacher here told me 
of the rich testimony our high-school 
young people are living for Him. 
This report along with the daily walk 
of one of my kindergarten pupils, 
who is evidently from a Christian 
home, has become a reminder once 
again that the preparation of life 
for a true and vital testimony for 
Christ begins in the cradle. 

Surely you have heard people 
make the remark that "Jane cer- 
tainly looks like her mother" or "Joe 
looks so much like his dad." Fve 
often noticed children and made 
similar remarks. We do not find 
these likenesses merely in their 
physical appearance, but they are 
often even more obvious in their at- 
titudes and habits. Attendance at 
school makes one increasingly aware 
of the similarities between children 
and their parents. Frequently in 
conversing with pupils one observes 
the same facial expressions as those 
manifest by the mother or father. 
The inflections and tone of their 
little voices, the smile or frown they 
wear is the same. Many children 
walk like one or the other of their 
parents. If a child is highly sensitive, 
nervous, or calm and at ease, we 
discover this too is a reflection 
from the parents. 

Teaching high school offers the 
privilege of meeting many students' 
mothers and fathers too. There one 
sees other ways in which children 
unconsciously mimic their parents. 
In the type clothes they like, their 
manner, attitudes and the language 



they use there also becomes a mark 
of parental influence. 

Mothers have seen their children 
do and say things just as she or her 
husband do them. There have prob- 
ably been many times when she has 
been upset and irritable or impa- 
tient with them, and they, in turn, 
were impatient with their sisters or 
brothers. It was as though the 
mother was seeing herself in a mir- 
ror God had put there. 

Children learn many things by 
imitating others. A baby learns to 
talk by hearing and mimicing par- 
ents, sisters and brothers or even a 
baby-sitter who may take care of the 
child. Almost all of a young child's 
store of knowledge comes through 
seeing or hearing older people do 
or say things. Therefore, if a child 
learns all these things by imitation 
of those about him, we as Chris- 
tian parents must surely keep our 
daily walk before them Christlike. 

Thackeray once said: "Life is the 
soul's nursery — its training place 
for the destinies of eternity." This 
is true and God has given us as 
parents the responsibility of this 
training. In Proverbs 22:6 we find 
these word: "Train up a child in 
the way he should go: and when he 
is old, he will not depart from it." 
The dictionary tells us that the 
word "train" means to "lead or di- 
rect the growth; to form by instruc- 
tion, discipline and drill." By our 
own example we may either "lead" 
them to put Christ first and others 
above self or self above all else. 



By Mrs. Ralph Gilbert 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



I am not one of those who be- 
lieve that the young people of today 
are going to the "dogs," as some 
have called it. Rather, I feel they 
are being driven to them by parents 
who have not taken the time to love 
and discipline them. Because of 
what we see happening to young 
people who do not come from Chris- 
tian homes, we should be even more 
intent upon helping our young peo- 
ple to live daily for Christ. This is 
possible only as they see Him con- 
sistently in us, for their testimony 
to others can be no greater than 
ours to them. Thus there could be 
no other plea from them but "we 
would see Jesus" in you. 

About Our 
Bible ReocSing 

In February the theme "We Are 
the Lord's — In Companionship" 
will be enriched by reading Proverbs 
(31 chapters in all). Here, much 
about one's companions is present- 
ed. 

"We Are the Lord's — In Death" 
can be well studied for March in 
Hebrews and II Corinthians. For 
Hebrews 9 and II Corinthians 5 
speak of death, and why it has no 
terror to the Christian. 

I Corinthians is to be read in 
April in keeping with the theme "We 
Are the Lord's — By His Resurrec- 
tion." I Corinthians 15 is known as 
the great resurrection chapter of 
the Bible. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20. NUMBER 6 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches, $2.50; foreign, $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large t» executive Committee; William Male. Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Synopsis: Bom in a log house in 
Pennsylvania, June 9, 1883, Rose 
Alverda Brosius, was moved at the 
age of three to a mining town. Or- 
phaned early in life her youthful 
days were filled with frequent mov- 
ing and various work. In May 1906 
she was joined in marriage to Joseph 
Foster. Several years later Rose 
found that she did not need to work 
for salvation. She enrolled as a day 
student in the Bible School of Penn- 
sylvania. Now, complete the story. 

Now Mrs. Foster knew one could 
not be saved by living a moral life, 
and she knew that her husband was 
lost. She prayed earnestly for his 
salvation. The Lord heard and an- 
swered. They united with the First 
Brethren Church, of Philadelphia. 
This being a missionary-minded 
church, they heard missionaries 
speak and heard of the great need 
on the different fields. But to them 
the Lord seemed to be speaking par- 
ticularly about Africa. 

During evangelistic services con- 
ducted by R. Paul Miller, the Fos- 
ters surrendered their lives to the 
Lord for His service. In His own 
good time. He led them forth as mis- 
sionaries. Though they were in their 
forties before they left for the for- 
eign field. He permitted them to 
serve Him 25 precious years in the 
great and needy field of Africa. They 
left the United States in the fall of 

1925, studied a year in France, and 
then went on to French Equatorial 
Africa, arriving there in November 

1926. The Brethren mission in 
Africa was yet fairly young at that 
time. 

For some years the Fosters 
served on different stations in 
Africa. While Brother Foster did the 
work of a missionary pastor, his wife 
organized and taught Bible classes 
for different age groups, trained 
workers, served as bookkeeper and 
in various other capacities besides 
being a homemaker. In 1938 came 
the opportunity for the Fosters 
themselves to establish the work on 
a new station, and there at Bouca 
they spent their remaining years in 
Africa. 

In March of 1951, following a 
long illness, Mr. Foster went on to 
his heavenly home. Being due for 
furlough, Mrs. Foster left her be- 
loved Africa and came to the United 
States. Here she has been in these 
intervening years, faithfully serving 
her Lord in so far as He has en- 
abled her. Through her ministry 



in camps, Bible and missionary con- 
ferences, and in many, many sneak- 
ing engagements of various kinds she 
has brought devotional messages and 
missionary challenges and has en- 
deared herself to countless numbers 
of people. 






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It is the prayer of your Pen 
Pointer committee that these little 
pamphlets will prove a real blessing 
in letting the world know what the 
Women's Missionary Council of 
The Brethren Church stands for. 
Also, that they will awaken further 
missionary interest, but most of all, 
bring glory to His dear name, for 
"we are the Lord's." 



A.^yAOay 






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WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Paul Dick, 649 Bsrryville 

Ave.. Winchester, Va. 
First Vice President (Project) — Mrs. Miles 

Taber, 314 Dorchester St., Ashland. Ohio. 
Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. 

Thomas Hammers, 6242 30th St., Seattle 

15, Wash. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 

195, Winona Lake. Ind. 
Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R, 

R. 2, Osceola, Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. GheSn 

ter McCall, 4580 Don Felipe Dr., Ld? 

Angeles, Calif. . : . J 

Literature Secreta'ry — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, . 272S 

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Editor — Mrs. Dayton Cundiff . Beaver City, 

Nebr. 
Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Rose Foster, 533T 

N. Front St., Philadelphia, Pa. 
Patroness of SMM — Mrs. Leslie Moqre. 'M'9 

Franklin St., Sunnyside, Wash. ■■■,,.,■! 



February 8, 1958 



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PURPOSE 



Physical and mental maturity 
climax the life which has a mission. 
As the person who gives unstint- 
ingly of himself is wealthy, con- 
versely, purposeless of life produces 
poverty of character. 

Among psychiatrists there is a 
word being used today which seems 
to put "teeth" into the definition of 
purpose in life. This word is "polar- 
ize." Webster's Unabridged Diction- 
ary defines the word: "to fix or set 
the trend or significance of." 

Immediately my mind turned to 
the words of my Lord as recorded 
in Isaiah 50:6 and 7: "I gave my 
back to the smiters, and my cheeks 
to them that plucked off the hair: 
I hid not my face from shame and 
spitting. For the Lord God will help 
me; therefore shall I not be con- 
founded: therefore have I set my 
face like a flint, and I know that I 
shall not be ashamed." Jesus Christ, 
very God himself, came to earth 
for one purpose only. He came to 
die that men might live. He lived 
a polarized life on earth which sent 
Him to the cross. He did this for 
you and me. 

As closely as any human could 
live a polarized life, the Apostle Paul 
did so. His persuasions in the Chris- 
tian faith have ever been a chal- 
lenge to my heart. I hope to write 
a series of articles on the persuasions 
of Paul ere long. His persuasions in 
Christ polarized his life and made 
him a powerhouse for God. From 
the day of his salvation the apostle 
"pressed toward the mark" — he set 
the trend of his life. 

When interviewing applicants for 
admission to the school with which 
we are associated, th/ee questions 
are asked of both parents and stu- 
dents: (L) Where did you come 
from? (2.) Why are you here? (3.) 
Where are you going? Invariably the 
startled faces indicate the profound 
shock the questions create. Very 
frankly, the unsaved persons do not 
know. In fact, they never thought 



on such subjects. But to me, the 
greater tragedy is when Christians 
are confused by the questions, as 
they often are. The Christian with 
a mission in Hfe will never be 
thrown by those questions. Lacking 
purpose, he will always be thrown. 

One of the three most eminent 
psychiatrists of our world is Dr. 
Carl Jung, author of "Modem Man 
in Search of a Soul." In reporting 
on cases of mature people from 
over the world who in later years 
of their life came to him for psycho- 
logical counseling, he makes the 
startling statement: "Over 30 per- 
cent of them were suffering from 
nothing which could be classified 
psychologically as a clinically defin- 
able neurosis." It seems they were 
suffering from nothing more than 
the sheer "senselessness and pur- 
poseless of their very lives." In re- 
sorting to a great man recognized 
in his field, they had thought to 
find a ready-made "formula for Uv- 
ing" which they could put to work 
in their own lives. 

With complete honesty, befitting 
so great a scholar and student of 
mankind, Dr. Jung was forced to 
confess: "I had nothing to give 
them." His sad but irrevocable con- 
clusion was that no one, lacking 
purpose to live, ever found a solu- 
tion which was truly satisfactory 
that was not religious. 

Personally I am wary of the word 
"religious." All men are religious 
in that all men worship something 
or someone as they go through life. 
But I do know beyond a shadow of 
doubt that only Jesus Christ can 
polarize — "set the trend of" — your 
hearts and home. 

To make a Christian marriage 
succeed, and to properly rear chil- 
dren for the Lord, how do you and 
yours stand on this matter of pur- 
pose? 

There are many facets in the home 
and marriage relationships which we 
do well to examine and re-examine 



in view of polarized, purposeful 
living. We will look into some of 
these in later articles. For this 
month, however, shall we think 
together, and pray together about 
our husband-wife purposes as they 
relate to and affect each other? 

Do we put off those smaU but 
highly important tokens and ex- 
pressions of love because we are 
worn out with the cares of keeping 
the home and rearing the children, 
and of making enough money to sup- 
port them? Many Christian couples 
have been guilty of this neglect, and 
in so doing have sowed seeds of 
marital discord. This would most 
certainly preclude purposeful liv- 
ing on the part of husband and wife. 
Don't put off until tomorrow that 
tenderness of love to the one you 
promised to live "till death do us 
part," no matter how weary you are 
from family demands, or how slow- 
ly those business deals go through. 
May the purpose to honor Christ in 
your hearts and homes take posses- 
sion now. 

From Here 
and There 

Recently our WMC helped the 
losing team in a BYF contest pre- 
pare a banquet for the winning side. 
We enjoyed the whole affair as much 
as the BYF. In April we will have 
a district youth rally banquet hon- 
oring the seniors who will graduate 
in the spring. We want our young 
people to know that the WMC is 
in back of them. Our SMM girls 
were asked to bring Christmas gifts 
to help us fill our missionary chest. 
Also, at our WMC "Birthday party" 
in February the girls will be our 
guests, and are invited to help re- 
plenish the missionary chest with 
birthday gifts. We feel that our 
young folks and our girls need our 
encouragement, our prayers, and 
assistance. — Mrs. Herbert Keister, 
president York (Pa.) council. 

We are striving here in Philadel- 
phia to create more interest and to 
build up our attendance. Each month 
a different Sunday-school class is 
chosen, and each woman is sent a i 
personal letter inviting her to our ■ 
meeting. A poster is placed on the 
bulletin board. Out of four visitors . 
present in October, two later joined. 
The laymen will be invited to our : 
February meeting. We are helping : 
the girls start a SMM. — Mrs. Lor- 
raine Clark, president Philadelphia i 
Third (Pa.) council. 



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W£ ARE THE LORD'S IN THE 



Sunday-school Ministry 



By Mrs. Ha 

As we consider the caption we 
should like to ask the question: 
"What is the ministry of the Sunday 
school?" 

The Sunday school is the channel 
through which the vast majority of 
people are introduced to spiritual 
matters. It provides a place of 
friendly spiritual atmosphere where 
those who know Christ as their 
Saviour may bring unsaved loved 
ones and friends into contact with 
those who are bom-again." It af- 
fords opportunity for effective Bible 
study for all ages in a consistent and 
concentrated manner. The Sunday 
school likewise is a place where the 
pupils come to a personal experience 
of salvation, for effective Bible 
study leads to salvation. Evangelism 
is the chief task of the church, and 
the Sunday school is often called, 
and rightly so, "the evangelistic arm 
of the church." When the pupil be- 
comes a Christian, a desire to be- 




Our project for December, Jan- 
uary and February centers around 
Christian education. The offering 
goal is $3,000 and will be divided 
between the youth board and the 
seminary-college, as portrayed by 
the "Christian Education" cut on 
this page. The project for the semi- 
nary and college is for hbrary-table 
and chair units. 

For the youth board, the money 
will be used for office rental, and 
youth packets. For the Siinday 
School Board, mimeograph supplies 
and filmstrips. 




rold Etiing 

come a part of the church naturally 
follows, and so we discover the Sun- 
day school becomes the recruiting 
agency for church membership. 
Then of course as new-bom babes 
in Christ, these recruits need fur- 
ther Bible study and training, that 
they might become mature Chris- 
tians. Here again the Sunday school 
is a channel, for it is a training 
school for Christian service. 
Through regular Bible study and 
specialized training courses the lead- 
ers for our churches of tomorrow are 
provided. 

Our caption indicates that this is 
a "personal matter," for it says we 
are the Lord's in the Sunday-school 
ministry. Just where do we as wom- 
en of the WMC fit into the picture, 
and just what part have we to play 
in the Sunday-school ministry? It 
begins with the task of bringing 
others. Did not our Lord say in 
the parable of the great supper: "Go 
out into the highways and hedges, 
and compel them to come in?" Did 
He not command His disciples to 
"look to the fields, for they are white 
already to harvest"? How really 
white they are today as we consider 
the vast areas of unevangelized cities 
in America. How white they are as 
we think of the new-bom babes of 
1957 — more than four and a quar- 
ter million of them who have never 
yet heard the Gospel. Predictions 
are that the United States must find 
room for 60 milhon more by 1975. 
Business leaders are asking: "Where 
will we put them?" Brethren women 
ought to be asking themselves: 
"What can I do to help evangelize 
them." Of course, if we bring them 
into our schools, it means we will 
have to provide for them the very 
best teachers possible. This means 
the recruiting of hundreds of more 
teachers. Where will we find them? 
In the Women's Missionary Coun- 
cils. We must prepare ourselves 
now to do the task of teaching. In 
our churches, we must be active 
participants in our Christian work- 
er's training classes. Our Lord has 
commanded that we should "study 
to shew ourselves approved." As 
women of the WMC we have had a 
large share in providing equipment 

(Continued on page 86) 




Mrs. Frank Gardner, office assistant 

for Sunday School Board, working 

at folding machine. 




Miss Bobbette Osborn, secretary of 

Sunday School Board, wrapping 

packages. 




Mr. Ernest Bearinger, national 

youth director and Miss Hylr. 

Palmer, secretary, in conference. 



February 8, 1958 



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Q. What can we do to interest the 
women of our church in WMC? 

A. First, a membership commit- 
tee should be appointed whose sole 
purpose is to k;ep regular, prospec- 
tive, and delinquent members in- 
formed of all activities of WMC. 
One invitatioa is not enough. The 
armouncement in the church bul- 
letin and from the pulpit is not 
enough. It must be a personal and 
repeated invitation each month. 
Then send a card, followed by a 
telephone call the day before or 
even the day of the meeting. The 
membership chairman should keep 
a record of attendance, contact 
absentees immediately, and perhaps 
send a program of the meeting. Let 
them know they were missed. 

To be chairman of this commit- 
tee involves more than to have the 
women "sign a card." She should be 
chosen for this work for her en- 
thusiasm for WMC, friendliness, and 
ability to answer intelligently any 

SUNDAY-SCHOOL MINISTRY 

(Continued from page 85) 

for getting training books ready for 
our churches. Now, we must take 
opportunity to use the books al- 
ready prepared. Then too, even now 
we are again sharing by the gifts 
of our money for the purchase of 
filmstrips some of which are for the 
purpose of training teachers in our 
Sunday schools. To continue the 
library of filmstrip for teaching pur- 
poses, we should give liberally this 
season. 

We are the Lord's! Could any- 
thing be more wonderful? Paul 
added the words: "Ye are not your 
own." It is a fact in which all of us 
rejoice again and again. But it ought 
to be the fact that compels us mo- 
ment by moment. Dr. A. B. Simp- 
son once said: "Lord, put a woe in 
our hearts that will put a go in our 
feet." It ought to be the prayer of 
every woman of the WMC at the 
beginning of this new year of serv- 
ice for Him. 



questions concerning WMC. She 
should have a supply of Pen Point- 
ers and visitors cards which are 
given to all prospective and new 
members. 

Divide the council into two, three, 
or four groups, giving each group 
the responsibility of a certain num- 
ber of monthly programs during the 
year, with points for perfect attend- 
ance in each group, guests, and new 
members, will stimulate attendance. 
Some councils have organized 
into a Business Women's Council 
for an evening meeting. Others, for 
an afternoon meeting with a name, 
such as "Florence Gribble Council," 
or "Estella Meyers Council." It is 
better to have more than one coun- 
cil organized to meet the conveni- 
ence of members, rather than as 
Junior and Senior groups. 

Advertise WMC. Urge every 
member to talk. Make posters. 
Newspaper announcements can be 
a public service where WMC is ex- 



plained. Have a well-planned instal- 
lation or dedication service during 
a regular church service. A birthday 
party, banquet, potluck, or tea to in- 
vite prospects as special guests. All 
these would help the church as a 
whole to know that WMC was really 
accomplishing missionary goals. 

It is work — but remember — 
"Anything will work that you work." 

Q. Why is it necessary to have so 
many reports read at conference? 
We would much prefer hearing mes- 
sages from our missionaries who are 
home on furlougji attending National 
Conference. 

A. A few years ago it was de- 
cided to recognize each district on 
the National WMC program. Each 
president was to have charge of the 
devotions at the morning and after- 
noon sessions. The president was to 
provide music. Scripture, and 
prayer, using the women from her 
district. This included a four-minute 
report from the president of the dis- 
trict. 

National Conference is a time of 
inspiration and information. Many 
times hearing the reports of national 
officers and district presidents is an 
inspiration and encouragement to 
do more in our missionary endeavor. | 
Your questions and requests con- 1 
cerning this have been referred to 
the Conference Program Committee 
for the next year. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR APRIL 
Africa — 

Suzan Marie Goodman '. April 1, 1952 

Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Miss Edith Geske April 6 

Mission a Bellevue, Bossangoa via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams ^ April 15 

Batangafo via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Lester W. Kennedy, Jr. April 18, 1955 

M'Baiki via Bangui. French Eauatorial Africa. 

David George Goodman April 21, 1947 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 

Paula Ann Bishop April 15, 1955 

178 Calle Reconquista. Corral de Bustos. F.C.N.G.B.M.. Argentina. South America. 

Peter Philip Marshall April 23, 1953 

Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba. Argentina, South America. 

Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

Almirrnte Brown 808. Barrio Alberdi. Rio Cuarto, F.C.B.M., Argentina, South America. 

Rev. Donald E. Bishop April 29 

178 Calle Reconquista. Corral de Bustos, F.C.N.G.B.M., Argentina, South America. 

Brazil — 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

John Robert Zielasko April 10, 1948 

1630 Sebastiao Freitas. Capanema, Para, Brazil. 

Hawaii — 
Leilani Lou Tresise April 15, 1956 

335 Manae Street, Kailua, Hawaii. 

Mexico — 
Mrs. Sibley M. Edmiston April 14 

Apartado No. 36. Leon, Guana.iuato, Mexico. 

!n the United States — 
Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

c/o Rev. Norman Hirschy, Evans City. Pa. 



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r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



HANDS AND HEARTS FOR JESUS 



*jn cJvciu Q^cx^icc 



By Miss Ava Schnittjer 



"But as he which hath called you 
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner 
of conversation" (I Pet. 1:15). 

When you have heard a message 
on the pure, sinless, holy life of our 
Lord, you've had a longing deep in 
your heart to be better than you are 
— to be like Him. Though you may 
not have said anything to anyone, 
jleast of all to any of your girl friends, 
you've experienced that desire to be 
clean, to be pure in thought, word 
and deed. 

Would it surprise you to know 
that other Christian girls, even 
those whose lives give the least 
evidence of it, have that same de- 
sire deep in their hearts, a desire to 
know the Lord in a deeper way, to 
experience victory over sin in their 
lives? But like you perhaps, they 
have tried — and failed. And having 
failed, they grew discouraged and 
gave up the effort. 

"I don't know what's wrong. I've 
tried to keep the rules and do what 
I'm supposed to, but I never do 
anything right!" A college freshman 
sobbed out her heart to the counselor 
who had reprimanded her. She had 
broken a rule again, and this time 
ieliberately. She knew better than 
to leave her room and go out, taking 
:wo other girls with her, after the 
;en o'clock deadhne. It had seemed 
ike an adventure at first, but she 
lidn't know why she had done it. 
She waited now, still sobbing, for 
iome assurance from the counselor, 
^d though the counselor longed to 
;omfort her, she saw a deeper need 
n her life than that for comfort. 

What could she tell this girl who 
outwardly so bravely flaunted the 
■ules, but inwardly cried out at the 
ack of joy in these things which she 
:xpected to bring excitement and 
lappiness? 

She could warn her of the need 

■ebruary 8, 1958 



for a holy life as pointed out in He- 
brews 12, where the writer says we 
are chastened "that we might be 
partakers of his holiness . . . with- 
out which no man shall see the 
Lord." Or from I Corinthians 3:16- 
17, "Know ye not that ye are the 
temple of God? ... If any man 
defile the temple of God, him shall 
all God destroy; for the temple of 
God is holy, which temple ye are." 
"He that hath clean hands, and a 
pure heart," writes the psalmist, 
". . . he shall receive the blessing 
from the Lord." Paul writes to the 
Thessalonians, "For God hath not 
called us unto uncleanness, but unto 
holiness." 

The counselor still waited, think- 
ing: "She knows about these verses. 
She says she has tried to do right. 
And yet she has failed." (Could this 
be your experience, too?) Would 
the members of your family know 
you are a Christian if you didn't 
testify and pray? Would people 
know you are a Christian just by 
looking at you?) 

Looking into the tear-stained face 
before her, the counselor picked 
up a mirror and handed it with a 
hanky to the younger girl. As she 
watched her wiping away the tear- 
stains, she spoke softly: "No, you 
can't do anything right can you? 
And do you know that you never will 
be able to?" The younger girl's 
eyes were full of questions: Then 
what is the use of trying? How can 
God ask us to be good when it's 
impossible? "In our flesh dwelleth 
no good thing," the older girl con- 
tinued, "but are you willing to let 
yourself be made holy?" 

She turned to II Corinthians 3:18 
and read, "But we all, with open 
face beholding as in a glass the 
glory of the Lord, are changed into 
the same image from glory to glory. 



even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 

"The glass is the Word of God," 
she continued. "Even as you looked 
into the mirror a moment ago and 
wiped away a stain, are you willing 
to look daily into the mirror of 
God's Word, and then wipe anything 
out of your hfe that is contrary to 
His Word? That is your part of this 
work: to put away any known sin, 
and then to trust God to change you 
and make you pure." 

The mirror of God's Word will 
show you much about yourself. 
Maybe you don't drink or smoke; 
maybe you don't even go to shows. 
But what about some other habit? 
Perhaps it is harsh judgment of 
other people, or an unloving spirit. 
Or it's sensitiveness, feelings easily 
hurt, the tendency to "stick up for 
yourself," to insist on your rights. 
It may be jealousy over another's 
success. Or it may be that your 
tongue is too quick to speak evil 
of another. Whatever it is, it's crip- 
pling your Christian testimony and 
making you miserable. 

I hope you'll have the courage to 
do what this freshman girl did. She 
saw that what she needed was lo 
dedicate her life wholly to the One 
who had saved her and let Him di- 
rect her, moment by moment. She 
knows that anything contrary to His 
Word or anything that won't glorify 
Him is not right for her. But she 
isn't worrying about what she's given 
up, for she has found an adventure 
far greater than that of breaking a 
rule, of taking part in questionable 
amusements, an exciting adventure 
of walking each day by faith, "look- 
ing unto Jesus, the author and fin- 
isher of our faith." 

And she found the answer to that 
deep longing for purity in the One 
by whom she is "changed into the 
same image from glory to glory." 

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Suggested Program for March 



OPENING CHORUSES— Theme 

chorus for the year and the theme 
verses (in unison). 

SCRIPTURE LESSON AND 
PRAYER — Seniors and Middlers 
read I Peter 1:1-17. Juniors read 
Psalm 119:33-41. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPICS— Seniors 
and Middlers read "Holy Service" 
by Miss Ava Schnittjer; Juniors 
study "Flowers of our Hearts" by 
Mrs. Edwin Cashman. 

SPECIAL NUMBER 

PRAYER POEM AND PRAYER 
CIRCLE — Use requests listed in 
prayer corner. 

MISSIONARY TOPICS— Seniors 
and Middlers read "Doing Things 
for Jesus" by Mrs. Walter Haag. 
Juniors read Miss Dorothy Robin- 
son's "Hot Bread." 

DISCUSSION— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers study Chapter 7 in Teen- 



Age Etiquette by Grace Ram- 
quist. 

(SUGGESTION FOR JUNIORS)— 

Perhaps your patroness would 
like to tell the Easter story from 
Mark 14:26-46; 15:16-47; and 
Matthew 28:1-20, or tell a flan- 
nelgraph story of the Easter les- 



CLOSING — Chorus-of-the-month, 
"He Lives." 

BUSINESS MEETING— Roll call, 
Seniors and Middlers answer with 
I Peter 1:15; Juniors answer with 
Psalm 119:10. Be sure to read 
the president's "Your Reminder" 
out loud. 



SMM BENEDICTION 

145:1-2. 



Psalm 



SUGGESTED BIBLE READING 
FOR MARCH— Seniors and 
Middlers, Psalms 103-120; Jun- 
iors, Psalms 78-91. 



PRAYER POEM 
FOR THE MONTH 

In the stillness, while I wait 
For my Saviour at prayer gate, 
He will find me on my knees. 
Where He listens to my pleas. 
In the quietness of life. 
Shut away from dim and strife, 
While I look into His face, 
He shows me my real place. 
Cares of earth left far behind 
As my Lord's support I find; 
Sheltered in His hov'ring wing. 
He is my All, my Everything. 
Future plans to Him I leave; 
Future hope I then receive. 
Oh, the love, the joy that's mine 
When with Jesus, the Divine! 

( Union Gospel Press Publicatio 



FLOWERS of Our Hearts 



Did you ever help your mother 
plant flower seeds in the spring? 
Isn't it fun to dig in the dirt, make 
a hole, and drop the seeds in? The 
hard thing to do is to wait day after 
day for those seeds to begin to 
grow. Before we can even see any 
little green sprout come up out 
of the earth, there are things we 
should do to help. We must keep 
weeds pulled and see that there is 
plenty of water. God does His part 
too by sending the sunshine and the 
rain. We can all do these things, 
and yet we can't really understand 
how they grow. It is one of God's 
miracles. 

God has another miracle which 
He can do for each girl who will let 
Him. There are spiritual seeds 
which we each need to plant in our 
hearts and let God make them grow 
into beautiful flowers. Let's look at 
a few of them, shall we? 

"F" the first letter of the word 
"flowers" can stand for faith. Jesus 
told us something about faith in 
Mark 11:22-23. When we pray for 
something we know God would want 

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By Mrs. Edwin Cashman 

us to have. He tells us we can have 
it if we will only have enough faith in 
Him. We must begin right away to 
plant this seed in our hearts so it 
can grow and become stronger each 
day. 

"L" stands for love. Again our 
Bible tells us about this seed in 
Mark 12:30-31. We must first love 
God, and then we can really love 
everyone else. 

"O" can mean obedience. In 

Ephesians 6:1, our Bible tells us 
we should obey our parents. Some- 
times we think we should be allowed 
to do as we please, but here we find 
God telling us to do as our parents 
want us to. 

"W" could stand for a word we 
all seem to try to get away from — 
work. James 2:17 tells us that if 
we have only the seed of faith and 
don't know the seed of work, too, 
that our faith is dead. We need to 
work. 

"E" is our enthusiasm. The first 
part of the verse in Ecclesiastes 9:10 
tells us about this. If we are doing 



dishes or asking someone to Sun- 
day school, we should do it with 
all the energy and love we can. 

"R" — Let's let it stand for re- 
pentance. Luke 13:3 tells us we 
must repent or perish. This big word 
means that we should be sorry for 
our sins and ask God to forgive 
them. 

"S" is the last letter of our word 
flowers. We'll let that stand for 
self-control. (Read Prov. 16:32.) It 
is so much better to control our 
words than to let them fly and later 
be sorry for what we said. 

All of these seeds are ones we all 
need to plant in our hearts. God will 
do His part and make our lives into 
beautiful flowers if we will just let 
Him. Remember though, we must 
dig the hole and plant the seed. All 
of these seeds are found in God's 
Word. Let's make Psalm 119:11 a 
motto of ours. 

A verse to remember is James 
1:22: "But be ye doers of the word, 
and not hearers only, deceiving your 
own selves." 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Doing Things for Jesus 



By Mrs. Walter Haag 



"Ah, Maria, it's Monday, and 
not even the hens lay on Monday." 
These words fell from the lips of 
the olive-skinned, brilliant-eyed 
Mexican girl as she sat in the sun- 
shine of the doorstep. Sunday had 
been tiring; many visits had been 
made, many cups of coffee shared, 
and many walks taken around the 
town and plaza. No wonder Monday 
was a day for complete relaxation. 
The sunshine of the clean-swept 
patio was much more inviting than 
the cooler air of the house. Further- 
more, in the house one was reminded 
of the many tasks yet to do. 

Maria, however, not heeding the 
words of her older sister, busied 
herself folding the blankets and 
skins and doubling up the cots to be 
placed neatly against the wall for 
the day. The "tortillas" were made, 
and the beans slowly bubbled in the 
earthen vessel on the stove, but the 
water tubs in the kitchen and patio 
needed filling before the water was 
heated by the sun at the well. It 
would probably be Maria's job to 
turn the cheese high on the drying 
rack on the little porch, and today 
of all days, the meat hanging on the 
back line would likely be dried out 
enough to be taken down and stored. 
The light hurried step of Maria in- 
dicated that she had no time to bask 
in the sun. When she asked per- 
mission of her old grandmother to 
go to Juana's house for the after- 
noon, she wanted to have nothing yet 
undone. 

Grandmother watched well over 
all the houses of her sons and daugh- 



ters scattered around the patio, and 
complete obedience, as well as re- 
spect, was paid to her. Grandmother 
wouldn't approve of Maria spending 
the afternoon making curtains for 
the Evangelical Mission, but grand- 
mother was a just woman and would 
probably reward Maria's efforts by 
granting her wish. Maria liked to do 
things for Jesus, and it was worth the 
effort even on Monday. 

Tonight was choir rehearsal, too. 
Would she be allowed to go? If she 
could somehow bribe her little 
brother into going along, all would 
be well. Grandmother could cer- 
tainly not be expected to allow her 
to go out in the evening without an 
escort from the family, and her 
nephews and cousins, as well as her 
little brother, were so afraid of 
being snubbed and called "Hallelu- 
jahs" if seen entering the Protestant 
Mission. Maria did like to sing for 
Jesus, and it was worth struggling 
to get to go. 

How about Wednesday's prayer 
meeting? Should she try to go? 
Why, anyway? They didn't do things 
at prayer meeting — just praying and 
testimonies. And why did the pastor 
always harp on allowing Jesus to 
enter your heart and rule your 
whole hfe? She liked to do things 
for Jesus, but surrender completely 
— hands for Jesus, surely, but heart, 
too? 

Many teen-agers are as Maria. We 
like to do things that Christians do, 
but we do not like to be what 
Christians are. Let's give our hearts 
and hands both to the Lord. 



PRAYER REQUESTS FOR MARCH 



Pray for the Navajo mission sta- 
tion in New Mexico since Mr. Vulga- 
more was injured in a gun accident, 
that the Lord will be glorified in 
the school and that the work with 
the Indian boys and girls will go on 
well without his help. 

Pray for the offering taken at this 
time of year — National Project Of- 
fering, National Officers' Confer- 
ence Expenses Offering, and Higher 
Education Offering — that each girl 



will give for His glory and that He 
will in turn be glorified by the 
amount. 

Pray for your national officers in 
Winona Lake as they endeavor to 
attend college and also work for 
Sisterhood. 

Pray that this year every girl in 
every Sisterhood organization would 
really try to meet her personal goals. 

Pray for requests that your own 
group has. 



SQUIBBLES 

By Jeanette Turner 

Greetings from the East Coast 
to the West! Let's start with Riner, 
Va., this month. These girls had a 
"delicious" idea when they divided 
into two groups, and each group 
prepared a meal. (Each girl in each 
group brought one cooked dish.) 
Judges selected the nicest looking 
table, and best tasting food. The 
girls also took as one of their proj- 
ects, visiting one of the local hos- 
pitals every fifth Sunday for a serv- 
ice. 

The Junior girls from Kitfanning, 
Pa., received such a blessing at 
Christmastime when they went carol- 
ing and handed out tracts that they 
are planning to go out another night 
and sing choruses and pass out 
tracts. 

Besides the regular SMM offer- 
ing, girls from Berne, Ind., gave $10 
to pay for one square foot of the 
new college building. They also 
bought two Scripture mottoes for 
their Organization Building. 

Osceola, Ind., Junior Sisterhood 
invited the Elkhari, Ind., girls to 
one of their regular meetings for 
added blessings of fellowship. The 
Osceola group, deciding to strive 
for a larger membership and for 
more souls, designated September 
and October as "Bring-a-Pal" 
months. 

Sewing seems to be the favorite 
project activity of the LaLoma 
Junior SMM from ModsssO, Calif. 
At Christmastime they made each 
pastor's wife of the new Northern 
California District an apron. Now 
they are working on quilts for Nava- 
joland. 

The Beaver City, Nebr., SMM 
presented Sisterhood to the people 
of the church through a music re- 
cital. This included both vocal and 
piano numbers by the Junior and 
Senior girls. 

SMM OFFICIARY 

President — Marie Sackett, Winona Lake, Ind. 
(Home: 1010 Randolph St.. Waterloo, 
Iowa. ) 

Vice President — Penny Rae Edenfield, R.B. 
2, Box 258-B, Uniontown, Pa. 

General Secretary — Rachel Smithwick, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. (Home. R.R. 1, Harrah, 
Wash.) 

Treasurer — Florence Moeller, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 

Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman, Wi- 
nona Lake. Ind. 

Editor — Jeanette Turner, Winona Lake, Ind. 
(Home: Portis, Kans.) 

Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 719 Frank- 
lin St., Simnyside. Wash. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Wendell Kent, 
Box 656. Beaumont, Calif. 



February 8, 1958 



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Hot Bread 



A True Story of Mexico 



By Miss Dorothy Robinson 

With difficulty the missionaries 
dimbed the steep hill by hanging on 
to a fence. Up above were many 
houses, and in one of them lived an 
old grandmother and a little boy. 
When the missionaries reached the 
leveled-off place by the little one- 
room shack, the old lady was in her 
yard sitting by an outdoor oven. She 
had made it with mud bricks and 
two pieces of sheet iron. Below she 
built the fire of sticks and kept 
feeding it from time to time. She in- 
vited the visitors to sit down on 
boxes and then opened the oven 
door. The most fragrant odor filled 
the air when she drew forth a make- 
shift baking sheet of tin covered 
with fresh baked buns. She offered 



one to each of the missionaries. 
How delicious they were! 

Early that morning she had mixed 
the dough and now she was baking 
the buns to sell. She herself had bad 
feet and ankles and couldn't go down 
the hill from her little house, but she 
had taken an orphan boy to raise 
and he did the selling in the streets 
below. She put a clean cloth in a 
pan and filled it with hot buns, then 
covered them with the comers of 
the towel. Soon the boy came home, 
put the pan on his head and started 
out to sell his bread. As he went up 
one street and down another he 
called, "Hot bread! Hot br2ad!" 
When he was not busy in this man- 
ner, he was out on the hills gather- 
ing sticks to feed the fire in the oven. 
In this way the old lady and the 



little boy were able to make a living. 

The missionaries talked to the 
old lady about Jesus, the Bread of 
Life. "How beautiful is the story 
you are telling," she said. "I like it 
very much." But she soon forgot 
the stories the missionaries told be- 
cause her hands and heart were 
busy with the bread she was baking. 
She did not realize that more than 
the daily bread, she needed to have 
hands and heart filled with the Bread 
of Life which lasts and satisfies for- 
ever. 

Jesus said: "I am the living bread 
which came down from heaven: if 
any man eat of this bread, he shall 
live for ever: and the bread that I 
will give is my flesh, which I will 
give for the life of the world" (John 
6:51). 



YOUR REMSNDER 

By Marie Sackett 



MARCH 10 the National Project 
Offering is due. Our goal has been 
set at SI ,700, so send in your of- 
fering so that this goal can be met. 
Please send it to the national treas- 
urer — Florence Moeller, Winona 
Lake, Ind. Remember to send the 
offering slip with it. 

MARCH OFFERING. March is 
the month set aside for the National 
Officer's Conference Expenses. The 
goal is $400. This money will be 
used for the national officers so 
they can be present at the national 



conference in August. This offer- 
ing is due April 10. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SMM! 

Next month — April — is the SMM 
Birthday month. During this month 
we take up our birthday offering 
which goes for the higher education 
of missionaries' children. Our goal 
is $700. Think and pray about this 
offering. 

CHECK-UP TIME. Now would 
be a good time to take inventory 
of your goal sheets and see what is 
lacking for your group. Be sure 
to get each goal taken care of! 



NOTICE — We are sorry that many groups have not rec2ived their 
awards for last year's activities. This is because there has been difficulty 
in purchasing them from the company. They will be mailed to you as soon 
as we receive them. Thank you for your patience. 



All for Him 



Hands and hearts for Jesus, 

Give them all to Him. 
Love Him daily more and more; 

Just invite Him to come in. 

Hands to serve Him every day. 
Use them just for Him. 

Serve Him in every way; 

Don't "dabble" them in sin. 

Love Him with all your heart; 

Fall afresh in love each day; 
Love Him more than just a part; 

Love Him in every way. 

Hands and hearts for Jesus, 

All to Him we give. 
Hearts and hands for Jesus, 

Daily for Him we'h live. 

— Pat Morrell 



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NEWS 



WATERLOO, IOWA. Noah 
Fike, a faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, celebrated 
his 81st birthday on Jan. 13. 




LEON, IOWA. For over three 
years the Leon Brethren Church has 
been faced with the matter of litiga- 
tion filed by George Ronk, a min- 
ister in the Ashland College group 
of Brethren churches. During this 
time Mr. Ronk used every influ- 
ence at his command to take the 
property from the Leon Brethren 
Church, contending that it had de- 
parted from the historic Brethren 
doctrine. After these years of legal 
struggle, the plaintiffs (George Ronk 
and his associates) have upon re- 
flection determined not to prosecute 
the appeal from the decision of the 
Honorable H. J. Kittleman, judge 
of the 3d Judicial District of iowa. 
This means that Judge Kittleman's 
decision in favor of the Leon Breth- 
ren Church will not be appealed to 
the Supreme Court of Iowa, and the 
decision is now final. While the con- 
stituency of the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches have every 
reason to thank God for this answer 
to their prayers, yet the sad fact re- 
mains that had it not been for the 
determined spirit of one man, thou- 
sands of dollars, which had to be 
used in this defense, could have been 
used in the proclamation of the 
Gospel. 



AKRON, OHIO. Dr. Raymond 
Gingrich, president of Comus Hill 
Bible College, has resigned due io 
illness. For about two weeks tte 
was confined to a hospital bed due \o 
medical tests and surgery, and is now 
in a period of convalescence. He 
will terminate his work on June 30. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. The 
Rosemont Brethren Church made it 
possible for their pastor, Earle Peer, 
to attend the Alumni Bible Confer- 
ence, at Winona Lake, Ind., through 
a love gift for that purpose. Several 
churches include this in their annual 
budget. 

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO. 

The Grace Brethren Church ob- 
served their 3d anniversary on Jan. 
12. In that time there has been a 
53 percent increase in attendance, 
and a 64 percent increase in mem- 
bership. Richard Burch is pastor. 

OSCEOLA, IND. The Bethel 
Brethren Church has joined the 
ranks of churches that are 100 per- 
cent in subscriptions to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald. Scott Weav- 
er is pastor. 

TROY, OHIO. Sunday-school 
records were broken Jan. 19 at the 
Grace Brethren Church with 128 
present. The same day the attend- 
ance at the evening service was 
broken when 79 were present. The 
local bank has granted a loan, and 
the building program will be fin- 
ished. Herman Hein is pastor. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The 

Greater Washington Prophetic Con- 
ference will be held at the First 
Brethren Church Feb. 16-19. Guest 
speakers will be: Dr. John Walvoord, 
Dr. Charles Feinberg, and Dr. E. 
Gruen. James Dixon is pastor. 

BERRIEN SPRINGS, MICH. 

The Grace Brethren Church set a 
new Sunday-school attendance rec- 
ord of 103 on Jan. 19. Gilbert 
Hawkins is pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Camp 
emblems are in stock from first year 
on up. Neckerchiefs are out of stock. 
Orders should be placed now if 
these are desired for this summer. 
Send orders to National Youth 
Council, Box 617. 

MODESTO, CALIF. Dr. Her- 
man Koontz, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, York, Pa., was 
guest speaker Jan. 26 at the Mc- 
Henry Avenue Grace Brethren 
Church here where his son, Charles 
Koontz, is pastor. 




Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign IMissions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



SOUTH BEND, IND. A comer- 
stone laying service was conducted 
Feb. 2 for the new edifice of the Ire- 
land Road Brethren Church. R. Paul 
Miller, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Goshen, Ind. was the 
guest speaker. Gene Witzky is pas- 
tor. 

ATLANTA, GA. Better Liter- 
ature Week was observed following 
a proclamation by Mayor WiUiam 
B. Hartsfield, of Atlanta. Acting at 
the request of the city board of alder- 
men, the Mayor urged the public to 
halt the "great traffic in lewd liter- 
ature." He said he hoped the ob- 
servance would bring about "a 
greater awareness by parents of what 
their children are reading." 

VIZILLE, France (EP)— Athe- 
ists of this little town now have a 
non-religious equivalent of baptism 
for their children. Parents, children 
and sponsors assemble before the 
town's mayor. Parents commit their 
children "to the protection of the 
republican law." And the sponsors 
agree to raise the children, if the 
parents die, in "the cult of the union 
and human brotherhood." The new 
"civil baptisms," as they are called, 
were provided by an action of the 
Communist municipal council. 

SAN MATEO, Calif. (EP)— The 
San Mateo Planning Commission de- 
nied a church group permission to 
use a home in a residential area for 
church services. By a 3-2 vote the 
commission agreed with residents 
of the area that the use of the home 
for religious services would cause 
"disadvantages" to other residents. 
The permit had been asked by the 
Calvary Baptist Church to use a 
residence for church services and 
Sunday school. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 

average attendance at the Alumni 
Bible Conference, held Jan. 20-23 
at Grace Theological Seminary, was 
344, with 453 present for the closing 
service. 



February 8, 1958 



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The Brethren in America 



The year 1958 marks the 250th anniversary of The Brethren 
Church. In a series cf articles a short history of the church in poetic 
form is being provided for our readers. This is the fifth in the 
series which have been fallen from the booltlet "Ecclesianthem. or 
A Song of the Brethren" by James Y. Heckler, printed in 1883. 




WHERE BRETHREN PRINTING BEGAN IN AMERICA 

Home of Christopher Sower near Philadelphia, erected in 1731. The Brethren 
meeting house was upstairs. The printing was done in the building at the rear. 



The church in New Jersey commenced with a handful 
Of members in earnest, and these were the names, 
The Dierdorffs, the Harleys, and Mohr and Van Lawshe; 
John Naas was a preacher of note in those times. 
They also succeeded in gaining more members, 
And planting a church that remains to this day; 
And these have been spreading the Gospel around ihem. 
That sinners embrace and the Savior obey. 

The next was Great Swamp, in the county of Bucks, 
where 
A church was soon founded as Brethren were there, 
And Abraham Duboy was made their first preacher, 
On him it was laid of the burden to bear. 
But after nine years of assiduous labor. 
Their preacher and elder by death was removed. 



The Brechts and the Millers and Ritters and others 
Remained to lament for their brother beloved. 
But soon the Moravian embassador primal. 
Count Zinzendorf, came and seduced them away; . 
Though some that were steadfast remained, but were 

scattered, 
Like sheep that go out on the mountains astray. 
At Indian Creek also there soon was some preaching; 
The church there was founded by Becker* and Price, 
The Nices and Harleys and Kempfers were members, 



* Peter Becker, the first minister of the Brethren in 
America, was born in 1687, and died on the 19th of 
March, 1758, aged about seventy-one years. His re- 
mains are at rest in Harley's burying-ground, near Har- 
leysville, Pa. 



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And others, who took their dead Savior's advice. 
The Indian Creek church has been very productive, 
Like many her equals, in spreading around. 
In planting new churches, diffusing the Gospel; 
And some of her sons through the West may be found. 

In Oley, Berks county, some members were living. 
And Gabey and Yoder are first on the hst: 
The Prices and Kinseys were also in order. 
Who labored with pleasure the church to assist: 
But after some labor and numerous additions, 
They moved to the west to the Conecocheague, 
And founded a church there in Franklin county, 
When others went after their brethren to seek 
New homes; emigrating to Maryland, southward. 
They founded a flourishing church in those days; 
From thence to Virginia, the Ancient Dominion, 
They traveled in many directions and ways. 
Proclaiming the Gospel, estabUshing churches. 
Wherever the Brethren an entrance could find 
To labor for Jesus, our Lord and our Master, 
Our merciful Savior so loving and kind. 
From old Conestoga, in Lancaster county. 
They spread themselves over the country around 
To bright Tulpehocken, the rapid Swatara, 
Where homes and good neighbors and friends they soon 

found; 
But others, migrating, went farther, locating 
in Bedford, and Somerset counties; in each 
They pitched tents, and laid the foundation of churches. 
As thus went forward the Gospel to preach. 
Wherever they went they proclaimed the glad tidings. 
And sinners were brought to repentance and faith, 
And members were added with hopes of salvation 
By being obedient and faithful till death. 
But some emigrated still farther on westward; 
They crossed the Ohio, the beautiful stream. 
And there could be heard the lone axe of the settler 
Subduing the forest to yield unto him. 

Meanwhile, as the Brethren were spreading the 

Gospel, 
The Germantown members were active, ahve. 
And, as they were greatly in want of some Bibles, 
They saw their old press for the printing arrive: 
The very same press in which Mack had an int'rest 
Already in Germany long before them. 
And on which the Berleburg Bible was printed, 
Arrived, to be used by the Brethren again: 
And old brother Sower, the almanac printer, 
A talented man, took this matter in hand: 
He printed some books and some excellent papers, 
And Bibles enough to enlighten the land. 
Although they were wasted by desperate soldiers. 
And Sower himself was arrested by them. 
And evil entreated, his things confiscated. 
His property sold, all impoverishing him. 
Sometime before this, ere the great Revolution, 
That idol, the Heidelberg Catechism, made 
The Brethren some trouble, because brother Sower 
Had printed some of them, for which he was paid 
By Lutheran or other sectarian persuasions. 
Because he had done so the Brethren were grieved; 
They thought it was wrong, and they made him confess 

it. 



For fear that the brother himself was deceived. 

I told you already of troubles and trials. 
Of such as the mystical hermits had made. 
But now I will tell you of things that have happened, 
To which some attention by councils was paid. 
At first I will mention the great Revolution, 
The war Continental that waged in the land. 
The long "Irrepressible Conflict" with Britain, 
Which some of the Brethren could not understand; 
When brethren were called to "attest" their allegiance 
To Congress, they thought it a terrible thing: 
They knew not that God would approve of their free- 
dom: 
They read in the Book they should honor the king. 
And so there was trouble because of some brethren 
Who took "the attest," to be loyal and true 
To the National Government being established — 
Which, brethren decided that they must undo;* 
Because they knew not that the king was rejected 
Of God, who sometimes in such matters intrudes: 
The church as a body essayed to be neutral. 
Because they abhorred such political feuds. 
And hence, they were often considered as "tories," 
And treated as such by the desperate horde. 
They suffered the loss of their temporal substance. 
And tried to endure in the fear of the Lord. 

And next, there was trouble away in Virginia, 
In Maryland also, concerning the slaves. 
That horrible traffic! That vile institution! 
The ignorant negroes whom bondage depraves. 
It seems that a few of the better slaveholders 
Were also converted and came to the church; 
And all the dear brethren enhghtened with wisdom. 
Concerning this matter, were not in a lurch. 
To do unto others as we would have others 
To do unto us, is the peaceable law 
Of God in all ages, in all dispensations. 
From which they decisive conclusions could draw. 
And hence, they assembled and held a "Big Meeting," 
To settle this matter in righteousness fair: 
To give the slaves free, or to pay them for working, 
Is what they decided in conference there. 
And ever before they rejected the evil. 
The traffic in slaves, and the bondage of men. 
It being contrary to Gospel injunctions. 
That people be fettered in thralldom and sin. 
But nevertheless, they were difficult subjects 
With others that followed along in the wake. 
They held consultations on doctrinal questions, 
Of some of them yet I some mention will make. 
Their annual council was called the "Big Meeting" 
In which every query of note to decide. 
To gather together from provinces wide. 
The love and the order pervading these meetings. 
Were noticed by strangers of opposite views, 
Who came to consider their deliberations, 
And their hospitaUties did not refuse. 



*It is a fact that the majority of the Brethren and 
of the Mennonites, sympathized with the Tory party, 
because they could not understand how a government 
could be sustained without a king. 



February 8, 1958 



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LEND US YOUR HAND/ 




Compiled by Roy H. Lowery 



The Virgin Birth 




To reject the virgin birth of our 
Saviour as recorded in Matthew 
1:18-24 and in Luke 1:26-35 is to 
involve both the trustworthiness of 
the Scriptures and the deity of 
Christ. Men of integrity like Mat- 
thew and Luke, the physician, were 
above being betrayed into error by 
fantastic stories of a miraculous 
birth. Mark insists on the divine pa- 
ternity of Jesus (Mark 1:1). He re- 
cords the words from heaven at our 
Lord's baptism (Mark 1:11), the 
statement of the demons (3:1 1), and 
the voice from heaven at the trans- 
figuration (9:7), which shows the 
Christ of Mark to be the same as the 
Christ of Matthew and Luke. 

The "Word" in John 1:1, 14, 
could not be the son of Joseph. John 
3:16 refers to Jesus as God's "only" 
Son. John records Christ's doctrine 
of His pre-existence (8:58), and His 
equality with God (10:30). Paul 
brought out the same doctrine of 
equahty with God (Phil. 2:6). Jesus 
asserted His power to lay down His 
life and His power to take it up 
again (John 10:17-18). He claimed 
He would return to the earth in 
glory again (John 14:3). The pur- 
pose of John's Gospel is pertinent 
to this question (20:31). He was :not 
a theorist but an eye-witness (1 John 
1:1-3). 

If Paul did not know of the virgin 
birth of Christ, he could hardly have 
believed as he did in the sinlessness 
of Jesus (II Cor. 5:21). Paul taught 
that all mankind, without exception, 
sinned in Adam (Rom. 5:12; I Cor. 
15:22). Adam, the natural head of 
the human race, transmitted to his 
posterity the fallen nature (Eph. 
2:3). So Paul contends that only 
one, whom he calls "God's Son" 
(Rom. 8:3), who is truly a man not 
descended by natural generation 
from Adam and thus free from his 
guilt and sinful nature can save men 
from their sins (I Cor. 15:45-47). 

If "the whole life of Jesus is one 
long miracle," which it is, why dis- 
card His virgin birth? The sinless- 



ness of Jesus depends upon His vir- 
gin birth. No sinful man can qualify 
as the Saviour of the world and the 
Lord of hie (Heb. 7:28). Christ 
could not become our Kinsman Re- 
deemer without the virgin birth 
which makes possible His relation- 
ship to man and to God as the only 
Mediator between God and man (I 
Tim. 2:5). Jesus had to be sinless 
not to come under the curse of the 
law of God which is death so that 
as our Substitute He could pay the 
penalty for our sins (Rom. 5:18; 11 
Cor. 5:21). Men who reject the doc- 
trine of the virgin birth of Clirist 
scarcely ever hold a Christian view 
of Christ as to His atonement for 
sin, resurrection, and return. The 
promised return from a mere son of 
Joseph would mean nothing. But a 
virgin born Jesus can easily be a re- 
turning Jesus. Jesus was God mani- 
fest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:15). If 
Jesus is the "Son of God," He is 
entitled to be worshiped (Heb. 1:6; 
Matt. 2:11; 8:2; 14:33; 18:26; 28:9, 
17). If Jesus is not the Son of God, 
then the worship of Him is idolatry. 
May we hold forth the truth once 
and for all delivered to the saints. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM 
FOR FEBRUARY 

Opening Hymns: "The Solid Rock"; 
"Faith of our Fathers." 

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25. 

Prayer Time: Pray for our foreign- 
missions offering. 

Hymn: "I Surrender All." 

Business Session: Offering for our 
foreign-mission project; support of 
our Laymen's missionary. Brother 
Donald Spangler. 

B;bl3 Study: The Virgin Birth. 

Hymn: "I Love to Tell the Story"; 
closing prayer. 

NEWS 

Allentown, Pa. The first quarterly 
meeting of the Northern Atlantic 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen will 
be held here Saturday, February 22 
starting at 3:30 p.m. All men of 
the Northern Atlantic Fellowship 
are urged to be present. Rev. John 
Neely is the pastor of the host 
church. 

Dayton, Ohio, First Brethren. 
Brother Herb Edwards reports that 
they have had some fine meetings, 
and expect to have a good offer- 
ing for all our projects. They also 
have a fine and growing Boys Club. 
Rev. William Steffler is the pastor of 
this church. 

SpedaE. We would urge you again 
not to forgit your offering for the 
Board of Evangelism to be taken 
in February. Our goal is $2,500. 
Send offerings at once to: 

Mr. Earle Cole, treasurer 

2753 Elmwood Street, 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 




PHILADELPHIA PA Rev Arthur Malles, Pastor of the Braintrim Baptist Church, Lacy- 
ville. Pa. was the speaker for the fourth quarterly meeting of the Northern Atlantic Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Laymen at which time a complete slate of officers was elected to serve in 
1958. They are pictured above, left to right: Kenneth Kohler. president, Philadelphia: Edward 
Stevens, assistant treasurer, Philadelphia: Louis Kolb, assistanc recording secretary. 
Philadelphia: Leroy Siegfried, correspondent secretary, Allentown: William C. Schulze, 
recording secretary. Hatboro; Richard McCarty, boys' work adviser, Palmyra; Allen Zook. 
treasurer. Palmyra. Absent when the picture was taken was Lloyd Herr, vice president. 
Palmyra. 



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Points for the Usher 

By Rev. A. Stanley Keast 



All announcements lor this column must 
be mailed to the Missionary Herald. 

Noreen Boylan and Gay Miller, 
Dec. 28 in Angola, Ind. 

Pat Henneman and Roger Ward, 
Jan. 12 at the Cherry Valley Breth- 
ren Church, Beaumont, Calif. 

Peggy Blubaugh and Robert Rich- 
ards, Dec. 28 in Washington, D. C. 

Grace Van Wagner and Jerry 
Christensen, Dec. 20 at the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. 

Nancy Sprouse and Tom Asper, 
Dec. 13 at the First Brethren 
Church, Compton, Calif. 

Lenore Watson and Albert B. 
Esterline, Jr., Ashland, Ohio. 

Marilyn Burke and Phil Cariaga, 
Jan. 15 at North Long Beach Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 




ANKENYTOWN, OHIO 

A spirit of genuine revival pre- 
vailed throughout the two weeks of 
our evangelistic campaign at the 
First Brethren Church. There were 
34 decisions for Christ, most of them 
rededications of life. Dean Fetter- 
hoff, Brethren Evangelistic Crusade 
evangelist, was a real blessing to our 
people. We praise God for several 
real victories, for which there had 
been much prayer. — Neil Beery, 
pastor. 



Ushers should be at the church 
at least half an hour before the 
service time. 

If for any reason you find it 
necessary to absent yourself from 
church on Sunday, when normally 
you would be ushering, please try 
to give advance notice of the fact to 
the chairman or cochairman of the 
Committee on Ushering, or get an- 
other usher to substitute for you. 

When ushering either our own 
parishioners or visitors to pews, it is 
good policy, for obvious reasons, to 
seat them as far front as possible, 
thus reserving pews in the rear for 
habitual latecomers, or for those 
who inadvertently are late. 



Do not overcrowd pews when 
seating worshipers. Overcrowding is 
never conducive to physical com- 
fort or spiritual refreshment. 

As soon as you are able to recog- 
nize parishioners on sight, greet 
them cordially by name on their en- 
tering the church. This gesture of 
good will tends to dissipate any no- 
tions that we are a cold, unfriendly 
lot. 

A friendly smile and a cordial 
word of greeting serve as a splendid 
stimulus in getting people to attend 
church services with greater regu- 
larity. This applies to chUdren, as 
well as to grownups. 

Reprinted by permission from Church Busi- 
ness, publication of the Duplex Envelope Co. 



LETTERS^^ 




Dec. 24, 1957 

'T received the "Herald" for a 
good number of years. I dropped it 
once before but missed it so much 
I renewed my subscription. I 
dropped it again this last year and 
I reaUze more each day how much 
I miss it." — Mrs. Martha S. Kyle, 
Box 1062, Gallup, N. Mex. 

Dear Editor: 

You must receive a lot of brick- 
bats in your work, so I will try to 
pass along a bouquet to encourage 
you. Yesterday as I was shaking 
hands with the people at the close 
of the morning worship service, I 
was told by one of the young couples 
that they greatly appreciated my 
message on baptism. I then remark- 
ed to them that I would be happy to 
visit in their home and answer any 
further questions concerning bap- 
tism and the matter of coming into 
our church membership. The wife 
then remarked that she would be 
pleased to have me visit the home 
any time; however, she added that 
the Brethren Missionary Herald was 
very helpful in convincing her of the 



Biblical position of The Brethren 
Church, as well as its evangelical and 
evangelistic emphasis. Some pas- 
tors are skeptical as to the value of 
paying for subscriptions to prospec- 
tive members. This very incident will 
go a long way in showing them the 
value of sending the Missionary 
Herald into the homes of prospec- 
tive members. — Ward Miller, pas- 
tor, Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Cahf. 

December 26, 1957 
Dear Christian Friends, 

We want to write you at this time 
to express our appreciation of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald which 
you send us. 

We read it with interest, first of 
all because of the interest we have 
in the work to which you are called, 
and then because of the good, 
spiritual tone of its articles which 
are continually an inspiration to us. 

As the New Year is upon us, we 
ask the Lord to bless you all abun- 
dantly more and more. We pray for 
your good workers in Lyon, France, 
the Fogies whom we know and 
love in Christ, that God may use 
them more and more for His glory 
in this needy land, and we thank 
God for them and their work. 

May we take advantage of this 
opportunity to send you our hearty 
greetings in the Lord, with best 
wishes for your work. 

Yours in His joyful service, 
Harvey and Delia Phelps 
28, rue Melchion 
Marseille 4, France. 



February 8, 1958 



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My Financial Responsibility 



"Pennies From Heaven" was the 
name of a worldly song, and does 
not describe God's method for fi- 
nancing His work. No successful 
business enterprise operates with- 
out a financial method, yet how 
many of the Lord's people think 
God's business does! The wonder 
of it is that the Lord's work has 
lasted as long as it has with the 
shameful, shoddy, unspiritual, un- 
Scriptural methods supporting (?) 
it! God's method has been the same 
principle from the Garden of Eden 
— that of proportionate giving! 

This expression describes the di- 
vine method from ancient times to 
twentieth century days. Its basis is in 
the Old Testament laws of "first- 
fruits" and "tithing." In Exodus 
23:16-19 the "firstborn" of animals 
was the Lord's. In Leviticus 27:30 
the tenth (tithe) was taken from pro- 
duce. Elsewhere it was taken from 
money obtained from the sale of 
produce, animals, property, et cet- 
era. There is no question whatever 
but that God demanded of His cove- 
nant people a proportionate share 
of their material prosperity! 

The practice of this method is il- 
lustrated by Abraham (Gen. 14:17- 
20), who gave tithes to Melchizedek; 
by Jacob (Gen. 28:18-22), who, 
after a vision of the Lord, made a 
tithing agreement with God, and 
aftervfards was prospered of God; 
by Hezekiah (II Chron. 31:3ff.), 
who, at a time of great spiritual re- 
vival, reinstated the practice of tith- 
ing to support the revivified work 
of God; by Nehemiah (Neh. 10:32- 
39), who, upon the return of the 



By Russell M. Ward, Pastor 

North Riverdale Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio 



remnant from Babylonian captivity, 
reinstated the practice of tithing in 
a great time of spiritual revival. Its 
continuation is plainly taught in the 
New Testament in I Corinthians 16: 
2, where we are told to give "as the 
Lord hath prospered" us. The tenth, 
or tithe, is nowhere mentioned in 
the New Testament in connection 
with the church of Christ because 
we owe Him not simply a tenth, but 
all (I Cor. 6:19-20); we "are bought 
with a price." 

The characteristics of this method 
are to be found mainly in I Corin- 
thians 16:2. All God's people are ex- 
pected to participate. "Let every 
one of you lay by." Certainly un- 
der Mosaic law none were excused! 
Even the priests tithed (Num. 18: 
24-28) as the preacher of the twen- 
tieth century is a proportionate giver. 
Regularity marked the frequency of 
giving. "Upon the first day of the 
week . . ." Thus it became a defi- 
nite part of the worship service of 
the early church, to lay up before 
the Lord on His day every week 
that proportionate part of material 
blessing. 

God's house is the place to which 
the offering is to be brought; "in 
store." It was so in ancient times. 
Israelites brought all their "tithes 
into the storehouse" (Mai. 3:10), 
where they were disbursed accord- 
ing to need. This was the obvious 
intent of Paul, but the worshiper 
must make sure the house to which 
he brings his proportionate gift 
stands true to the Word of God. Es- 
pecially is this true in these days. 
The amount to be brought to the 
Lord was proportionate to the way 



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God had blessed during the week. 
This now becomes a matter of con- 
science, devotion to Christ, love for 
lost souls, and a missionary vision. 
Certainly we would not give less 
under grace than did Israel (the 
tithe) under law! Giving becomes 
proportionate to income, motivated 
by the love of Christ. 

Unless giving is cheerful it is 
worth little. God loves the cheerful 
giver (II Cor. 9:7), the gift which is 
free and unbegrudged. Exodus 35 
is a perpetual monument to the 
free-will offerings of people who 
loved God and His house and who 
sought to build it. The same is true 
in the great revival of Hezekiah's 
day (II Chron. 31:5ff.). The widow 
gave two mites (Luke 21:1-4) out 
of her extreme poverty, but she 
gave unregretfully because she loved 
the Lord and His house. 

The purposes of this method are 
obvious: (1) that God may be glori- 
fied with our material things; (2) 
that the work of God may be fur- 
thered; and (3) that God's people 
may grow in grace (that of giving) 
— Romans 12:6-8. The greatest in- 
centive to give will be for love of 
Christ because He gave himself up 
for our sins. "Thanks be unto God 
for his unspeakable gift" (II Cor. 
9:15). 

With proportionate giving it is not 
the size of your gift that counts — it 
is what you have left! 

"Upon the first day of the week 
let every one of you lay by him in 
store, as God hath prospered him, 
that there be no gatherings when I 
come" (I Cor. 16:2). 



TKe BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 15, 1958 



FINDLAY, OHIO 




NOW SELF-SUPPORTING 



EDITORIALS 



By Lester E. Pifer, Contributing Editor 



Congress Authorizes More Spending on Future 

A paradox exists in our economy. A minor recession 
is upon our nation. Unemployment is close to the 4 
million mark, the higliest since 1954. The steel industry 
is producing a bare 60 percent of its capacity. New 
homes begun in 1957 dropped under a million for the 
first time in 12 years. Auto production is far ahead of 
sales. New car dealers are loaded with unsold units. 

The other side of this gloomy picture is revealed in 
64 million holding jobs today — 5 million more than ten 
years ago. While the caterpillar plant is shut down 
in Peoria, 111., and many are out of work, yet a new 
plant for further expansion goes on. Thousands are out 
of work in aircraft factories; yet further building goes 
on. New and larger airports are being rapidly built, and 
the new jet age is upon us. Our government and business 
economists are optimistic, saying 1958 will be one of 
the biggest years in business. 

Congress seems ready to approve the biggest budget 
yet. The public clamor over the missile rage has caused 
an enormous increase in the defense budget. One can 
foresee that this arms race may lead to conflict, the 
shedding of blood in war. We must also admit that 
though late, our nation has enough vision to prepare. 



Is The Brethren Church Preparing for the Future? 

What effect the minor recession has upon Christian 
giving is hard to determine. We face the fact that as the 
economy tightens, the Lord's work is the first to suf- 
fer. Each of our Brethren agencies face financial 
stringency. The child of God is to give as the Lord pros- 
pers him (I Cor. 16:2). God intends that His work shall 
be supported solely by the children of God. He prom- 
ises to supply the need (Phil. 4:19). He owns the 
silver and gold and the cattle upon a thousand hills 
(Hag. 2:8; Ps. 50:10). 

In the light of these facts, it is difficult to see how 
there can be a financial recession of greater consequence 
in the church than in the economy of our nation, unless 
there is a spiritual recession. 

The future of The Brethren Church for expansion 
is bright. It is anticipated that 60 million more people 
will be in the United States by 1975. With the millions 
now unsaved plus those to come as the population in- 
creases, we have a tremendous mission field. Young men 
and women have yielded their lives and some are in 
preparation for use in gathering in this harvest. Most of 
our present churches have been able to provide needed 



facilities or at least improve those already present. Does 
The Brethren Church have the vision, the passion, ihs 
power to expand as she ought? 

We agree that the basic responsibility of the church 
is to instruct, to inspire the saints to get the Gospel out. 
Our vision is based upon the reality that we face in the 
Word, that men are lost, condemned to hell and that 
Christ has instructed us to go to them with the message 
of saving grace. 

The passion comes out of the effect which the re- 
ality of the Word produces in the Christian heart, and 
the measure to which he allows the message and love 
for the lost to stir his soul and being. 

The pow^r is promised by the Holy Spirit and in the 
use of the message. It will be realized in direct correla- 
tion to the amount of yieldedness of the believers' hearts 
to the bidding and direction of the Holy Spirit, and will 
only be realized when He has been allowed to reveal 
sin and properly cleanse. God must have pure channels 
through which He can accomplish the evangelization 
of the lost. 

Our church has been charged with the responsibility 
of taking the Gospel to every nation — creature (Matt. 
28:19; Mark 16:15). We cannot minimize th; need of 
America for the Gospel, we see it all about us. Are we 
oblivious to this need? Do we lack the vision, the 
passion, the power? Or is it a combination of all three 
— a need for genuine revival? 

In the past 1 1 years the per capita giving for the local 
church needs has increased 126 percent, whereas, per 
capita giving for home-mission extension (national, dis- 
trict, national radio, etc.) has increased only 13 percent 
in the same period. God has blessed The Brethren Home 
Missions Council with an increase of 90 percent in 
annual offerings. These facts are evident — 

( 1 ) To the individual the local church's needs :^ar 
outshadow the need for others in the United States. 

(2) Some individuals have seen the need for build- 
ing other churches, but others have not given anything 
to home missions. Out of a total membership of 25,000 
in the NFBC, approximately 8,000 respond with a gift 
of $5 or more. 

(3) The financial interest in seeing new churches 
built is not as great as it was when we had fewer 
churches in the NFBC. 

(4) More Brethren people must see the need for 
increased expansion of the home base. 

The Brethren Church grows with home missions. 
Shall we build for the future in obedience to God's 
command? 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 



VOLUME 20. NUMBER 7 i 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



FINDLAY BRETHREN RECORDING STEADY GROWTH 



By Gerald Teeter, Pastor 



Since the first meeting of in- 
erested Brethren people in Find- 
ay, Ohio in March 1951, the Lord 
las again proved that the "gospel 
s the power of God unto salvation." 
roday, seven years later, Findlay 
Brethren Church has the wonderful 
estimony of the majority of its mem- 
jers being saved during the existence 
)f the Brethren church here in Find- 
ay. 

^ July I, 1951 Findlay Brethren 
I^hurch was organized in a nearby 
yfethodist church at the direction 
)f Dr. L. L. Grubb. One year later 
roth morning and evening services 
vere held in an abandoned school 
milding. With the realization of the 
leed of a church building, and 
hrough the financial aid of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
ind the Northern Ohio District Mis- 
ions plans were made for a building 
n a new area of the city. June 1 1 , 
1953 a ground breaking-service was 
leld on lots measuring 210 feet by 
!00 feet at 209 Lexington Street, 
I location not too well populated, 
ind not very much developed but 
low with new streets. Rev. Lester 
'ifer and Rev. Miles Taber, 
leighboring Brethren pastors, were 
he guest speakers. Anxious to join 
heir hearts of praise to God for 
mswers to their prayers, a Christmas 
ervice was the first service in the 
)artially completed building. 

Dedication service was held 
klarch 21, 1954 with Rev. Russell 
)gden, first pastor of the group and 
I student at Grace Theological Semi- 
lary as the guest speaker of the day. 
rhe dedicatory sermon, as well as 
he following week of Bible Con- 
erence, was given by Dr. Herman 
Joyt. 

Sincere words of appreciation are 
urely owing to those early work- 
TS, some of whom are now work- 
ng in other fields, and to the first 
tudent pastor, Rev. Russell Ogden. 
rhe five-year ministry of Rev. For- 
:st Lance can be best described by 
aithfulness in the supervision of a 
ine building program and a labor 
f love in establishing this God- 
iven challenge. The Lord surely 
as rewarded .those faithful efforts 
ere in Findlay, as well as the pray- 



ers of God's people throughout The 
Brethren Church. 

On arriving here in Findlay on 
January 17, 1957, I found a people 
eager to move forward for the Lord. 
By the Lord's binding us together 
in unity and giving us zeal, we have 
realize God's "exceeding, abun- 
dant, blessing." In this past year the 
Lord has blessed with 37 first-time 
decisions and in this year of 1958 
three more. 

Sunday-school attendance shows 
an average in 1957 of 148 com- 
pared to 116 in 1956. In the first 
three months of the National Breth- 
ren Sunday School Contest for this 
year, Findlay Brethren have taken 
first place in their division. The 
average Sunday-school attendance 
for the month of January 1958 was 
172 with a high of 190. Through 
the faithful calling of Sunday-school 
teachers and the weekly Tuesday 
evening visitation night, each month 
new prospects are brought in. 
Through invitations of our people, 
six prospects recently came to a Sun- 
day service. Another great joy is 
praying for these new folk and seeing 
many of them trust Christ as their 
personal Saviour. It has been a spe- 
cial joy to see several couples make 
their decisions together. In the last 
six months we have seen five such 
couples. In one adult class with an 
enrollment of 33, 16 have joined the 
class in the last year. We are con- 
vinced visitation pays rich dividends. 

Having manifested an interest in 
the Lord's work, we introduce the 
new people to the full program of 
the church which includes: junior 
and senior Brethren Youth Fellow- 
ship, Boys Club, junior and middler 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, 
Children's church held simulta- 
neously with adult worship, an active 
Women's Missionary Council, and a 
Men's Fellowship who sponsor a 
blacklight gospel sign near the 
church. 

The midweek service has been 
one of the greatest thrills to this pas- 
tor. At present we are pursuing a 
Bible Study Course on the Christian 
Life. Thirty-five are enrolled in the 
class including all of our Sunday- 



school teachers. The course has at- 
tracted folk of neighboring churches. 
Our average attendance is near the 
sixty mark. Up-to-date testimonies 
of witnessing, visitation contacts and 
converts out of the various Sunday- 
school classes are not infrequent. 
During the Bible study and prayer 
season, the children are given a 
Bible lesson in the basement. 

Preceding the prayer hour, a 
weekly Sunday School Challenge 
hour is supervised by our capable 
Sunday-school superintendent. 

Realizing that the Word of God 
and the Lord Jesus presented there- 
in are the answers to man; yet we do 
believe the Lord uses many other 
mediums. In this regard we would 
praise the Lord for our beautiful 
building which we feel is a bit dif- 
ferent from many others. It is not 
only attractive from the outside but 
is attractive inside and well 
equipped. Through a special gift 
from a couple here in Findlay, we 
enjoy some extras like our organ, 
chimes, attractive pulpit furniture, 
and bulletin boards all in harmony 
with our color scheme. We have a 
beautiful, light, nicely furnished 
basement. This summer the Lord 
provided through the work of some 
of our members a parking lot at the 
rear of the church which enables us 
to have a separate entrance and exit 
for driving, as well as the use of a 
back entrance to our church. The 
call of the chimes before each serv- 
ice over our outdoor public address 
system (another gift to the church), 
the beauty of our church, and most 
of all the demonstrations of the 
work of God's grace in our people 
stand out as a public testimony in the 
northern end of Findlay. 

We do sincerely praise the Lord 
for all we enjoy physically and spirit- 
ually through the interest of Breth- 
ren people and other interested folk. 
We covet your prayers as we face 
this new chapter in our history of 
being a self-supporting church. Pray 
that we may meet our weekly fi- 
nancial challenge, and that we may 
reach many for our Lord who are 
already attending who have not 
trusted Him as their personal Sav- 
iour. 



ebruary 15, 1958 



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Pictured above are classes of the Findlay Sunday School on January 26. Top down left: Beginners, Junior Boys, 
Junior Hi, Young Married People. Top down rifhf Cradl^ Roll, Junior Girls, Senior Hi, older Adult class. 

Inset: Pastor and Mrs. Gerald Teeter. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



FINDLAY TESTIMONIES 




Findlay Primary Class 



Another chapter has been writ- 
ten here at Findlay Brethren and 
we are now going self-supporting. 
The Lord has blessed, and we do 
praise Him for what He has done for 
us. "For God, who commanded the 
light to shine out of darkness, hath 
shined in our hearts, to give the light 
of the knowledge of the glory of God 
in the face of Jesus Christ" (II Cor. 
4:6). 

I am only six years a member of 
the Lord's family. To grow and to 
watch our Sunday school expand 
from an attendance of 40 to a high 
of 193 has been a real blessing. I 
now teach a junior-high class with 
twenty members and it is difficult to 
:oin words to tell you what joy it 
lias been to see many of them trust 
the Lord as their Saviour in our wor- 
ship services. 



Prayer meeting is a thrill too. It 
has been an unusual blessing to see 
it grow from an attendance of six 
or eight to sixty or more. I am thank- 
ful that the Lord chose me to be 
a part of the Findlay Brethren 
Church. — George Farmer. 



I accepted the Lord Jesus as my 
personal Saviour at the age of 12, 
and attended Sunday school and 
church but never had complete as- 
surance of my salvation until I at- 
tended the Brethren church here in 
Findlay. My daughter and my two 
grandchildren came to live at my 
home and they too accepted the Sav- 
iour after they heard the wonderful 
unfolding of God's Word through 
our faithful pastor. It has always 



thrilled my heart to see thj little 
children go quietly from their seats 
and let the Lord Jesus into their 
hearts. Even they clearly understand 
God's Word as it is taught and given 
from the pulpit of the Brethren 
church. This summer two of my 
grandchildren accepted Christ as 
their Saviour in the daily vacation 
Bible school. 

It always thrills my heart to hear 
our visiting Brethren pastors and 
missionaries, and to see their radiant 
countenances, as they speak God's 
Word. — Mrs. Gayetta Hoffman, 
charter member. 



Through constant invitations of 
faithful members of the Findlay 
Brethren Church, I attended the 
church and accepted the Lord Jesus 
Christ as my personal Saviour on 
November 21, 1957. My wife and I 
(she accepted the Lord Jesus that 
night also) praise the Lord every 
day that Jesus died on Calvary that 
we might have everlasting life. 

I thank God that I can attend a 
church that has as its motto "The 
Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing 
but the Bible," and a fine pastor 
who brings the Word of God to us. 
It was the strict teachings of The 
Brethren Church concerning the 
Holy Bible that led me to make a 
decision for Christ. — Mr. Jerry 
Blem, recent convert. 



SPECIAL BULLETIN 

The Lord is answering prayer 
for Howard Vulgamore. He has 
been released from the Veterans' 
Hospital for a two-week's leave 
to be spent at the mission. He is 
able to get around some on 
crutches. His leg is in a cast which 
must be changed at regular inter- 
vals. There will be a long, slow 
process ahead to complete re- 
covery. He suffers very little from 
pain. We are indeed thankful to 
God for His intervention in the 
recovery to date and ask that you 
continue in prayer on Howard's 
behalf. Thank you for your re- 
sponse in prayers and gifts for the 
family. 

ebruary 15, 1958 



Harrisburg Church Supplies 

Another Missionary 




Mr. Curtis Stroman, a member of 
the Melrose Gardens Brethren 
Church, Harrisburg, Pa., is taking 
the place of Brother Howard Vulga- 
more as teacher at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission. He will be finishing 
out the present term of school during 



Mr. Vulgamore's convalescence. 
Mr. Stroman graduated from Grace 
College and plans to enter the Chris- 
tian day school field. 

A letter from the mission super- 
intendent, Evan Adams, states that 
Mr. Stroman has arrived on the field 
and is meeting a real need in the mis- 
sion program. Again we must thank 
the Lord for providing this young 
man to fill in the gap. He was pre- 
pared for teaching and ready to go 
on short notice. Even his transpor- 
tation was provided in that Dr. 
Floyd Taber, foreign missionary, 
was going to the mission on his way 
to California at the very time trans- 
portation was needed. 

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Miracles of Grace at Norwalk 



In Acts, chapter 12, the Holy 
Spirit records how a praying church 
put the power of God into opera- 
tion. The church was in need; it 
faced a tremendous problem, so its 
members went to prayer, and God 
wrought the humanly impossible, (n 
reporting the growth of the work of 
the Norwalk Brethren Church, let us 
do it in the light of the passage 
above cited. The inception, estab- 
lishment, and growth of our church 
have together been a genuine exhi- 
bition of the grace of God working 
in miraculous ways. We take this 
occasion to thank the Brethren 
Home Missions Council for giving 
space in its pages to make this re- 
port to the glory of our Lord and to 
the blessing of our readers. 

Sunday School 

Sunday-school leaders tell us that 
the Sunday school is the evangelistic 
arm of the church. Our workers have 
been, and are persuaded, that this is 
true, and hence have cashed in upon 
this premise. Owing to the great 
faithfulness on the part of our lead- 
ers and teachers, we have seen pro- 
nounced growth, both in Sunday 
school and in the church. For three 
consecutive years this Bible school 
has won first place in its division 
in the denominational attendance 
contest. The Sunday-school cabinet 
adopted a budget of $2,375 for the 
coming year. To Him be all the 
glory. 

Christian Day School 

The Christian day school is pro- 
viding a splendid avenue through 
which to reach and establish people 
in Christ. This school is in its third 
year. The first year, on the open- 
ing day, the enrollment stood at 
148, the next fall 162 children were 
present, and last fall the enrollment 
reached 181. Both parents and chil- 
dren have found the Saviour by 
means of the school. This school is 
self-supporting, all bills to date are 
paid (and we have excellent accom- 
modations and equipment), with a 
working balance in the treasury. To 
God be the praise. 

Church Growth 

The Lord has placed this church 
in a very lucrative field. The very 
thing which pastor and people en- 



By Henry G. Rempel, Pastor 



visioned is becoming a reality. Most 
homes in Norwalk house from three 
to five children. Most parents in 
these homes are needy of, and re- 
sponsive to, the Gospel. To the joy 
of the angels in heaven, many of 
these couples have come to Christ 
and have united with the church. To 
date 108 new members have been 
added to the congregation since the 
work opened here in 1954. 

Financially Speaking 

Very generously the Lord has 
given us a portion of His wealth to 
sustain every department of our 
work. All bills are paid, despite the 
fact that every year the church has 
increased the amount of its an- 
nual budget. Many of our members 
are tithing, and some go far beyond 
the tithe. The congregation passed a 
resolution to adopt a storehouse 
tithing program. Under this plan the 
members have pledged to the Lord 
to place their tithe into the church 
for current needs and their offering 
into missions. 

Activities 

It is gratifying to report that the 
Lord has raised up leaders in all of 
the various auxiliaries in the church. 
The Men's Fellowship is moving 
forward under the blessing of the 
Lord. Under the sponsorship of our 
men, the Brethren Boys Clubs are 
growing. Currently some forty boys 
are enrolled and are attending 
weekly meetings. Two Sisterhoods 
(Mary and Martha) are busy estab- 
lishing young Christian girls in the 
Lord. The girls prize a loving cup 
which they won through faithful at- 
tendance in the district rallies. Four 
Christian Endeavor groups meet 
each Sunday night for study and 
leadership training. The ladies of 
the Women's Missionary Council are 
very active. The council is organized 
into four divisions, each division 
taking its turn in sponsoring and 
conducting the monthly meetings. 
A minister of music was secured 
early in 1957 in the person of Mr. 
Lyle Marvin (son of Elder Lyle 
Marvin, pastoring the San Bernar- 



dino church). Under his leadership, 
a choir has come into being. 

Missionary Herald 

Brethren enjoy reading our week- 
ly church magazine. It is always re- 
plete with spiritual food and interest- 
ing facts of our several churches. 
Norwalk Brethren send the Missio;i- 
ary Herald into all the members' 
homes. 

Our Projection 

The congregation has already 
taken action in instructing the board 
of trustees to bring in recommen- 
dations as to the construction of 
more classroom space. Since the 
Sunday-school attendance has been 
hovering around the 320 mark (aver- 
age for the fall quarter was 310), 
we are in need of classroom space. 
Also we are contemplating to en- 
large the day school by next fall, so 
that we must have more room. 
Building operations should be 
under way by Easter time and ready 
for occupancy by late spring. 

Since our fourth-grade teacher, 
Miss Marjorie Owen, was child 
evangelism director for two years, 
she is setting up a training program 
by which teachers will be prepared 
for teaching and conducting a num- 
ber of home classes. Plans include 
the starting of 12 such classes, which 
will mean both enlargement of gos- 
pel preaching and the enlargement 
of our Sunday school. A committee 
on transportation is responsible for 
the transporting of teachers, pupils 
and Sunday-school children. 

Conclusion 

Thanks be to the Lord for a peo- 
ple with a vision of reaching men 
with the Gospel, and for a mmd to 
work to get the job done. The pastor 
is happy to report that our people 
have worked ardently and consist- 
ently. Much of the existing building 
was constructed by volunteer labor. 
After the buildings were up, the 
work went on, for through calling, 
praying, and giving, a steady growth 
has been realized. With better organ- 
ization and with more workers now 
than ever before, we believe that 
our record for the next four years; 
ought to show even greater growth. 
We believe the time is short, and if i 
we are going to reach people for| 



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I!hrist it must be done now. This 
:ongregation and its pastor do 
ecommend relocating a church. A 
:hurch in an old community can 
lever do the work that a church can 
lo in a new community. A reloca- 
ion program is a gigantic task. It 
;ntails selling, buying, building, 
noving, and readjusting. It takes 
'ision, determination, endurance, 
vaiting, and praying. Never befor; 
las this pastor had as much e^nuine 
oy in serving the Lord as he has 
n the relocation program. It was 
vorth all the hard work, the tears. 



the toil, the testings, and the heart 
breaks. A growing church in good 
repute in the community, with fun- 
damental Christians coming to unite 
with an all Bible church, is most 
gratifying. 

It is very common for a mother 
to call, inquiring as to openings in 
the Christian day school. It is dis- 
concerting to have to reply, "We are 
full up!" Often mothers call and 
announce: "I am sending my chil- 
dren Sunday morning to enroU them 
in your Sunday school." Despite de- 
linquency and modernism and utter 



indifference, there are still those who 
want to find the right way. How 
good then to be able to offer them 
the Gospel, to lead them to Christ, 
and then to enroll them in a Sunday 
school where they are taught the 
ways of the Lord, or to bring them 
Into a church where the whole 
council of God is presented. This 
church is bent on reaching all whom 
we can, teaching all whom we reach, 
winning all whom we teach, train- 
ing all whom we win, and putting 
to work all whom we train (I Cor. 
15:58). 




Pastor Henry G. Remple and the Christian day school staff 




Home of the Norwalk Brethren Church and day school 



ebruary 15, 1958 



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DRYHILL SETTING ATTENDANCE RECORDS 




Members of the Dryhill Brethren 
Chapel are setting, new, individual 
attendance records each year. This 
past year 1 1 had perfect records. 
The two boys received four-year 



pins and the girls received two-to 
five- year pins. In addition to ihe 
pins, gifts of dolls were presented 
at Christmastime. The dolls were 
provided by Mr. Charles Nowak, 
Dayton, Ohio. 



Home Mission Field Reports 



FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. 
(Ralph Colbum, pastor) — 

Our meetings with Dr. Grubb 
were good. We had five first-time de- 
cisions with many calls made and 
much seed sown. Last night we had 
our annual business meeting and 
adopted a budget that will not re- 
quire our 1958 building appropria- 
tion. We are going to try to get along 
without it. There were twenty-six 
voting members present and ihe 
business meeting followed the prayer 
service. 



PARAMOUNT, CALIF. (John 
Mayes, pastor) — 

We are having a time of blessing 
in our church. We baptized 13 a 
week ago and received 12 of them 
into the membership — five of these 
were adults. We have broken iwo 
Sunday-school-attendance records 
for two weeks in a row with 176 
and 179. The morning worship serv- 
ice had 151 present. 



LONG BEACH (Los Altos), 
CALIF. (Wayne S. Flory, pastor)— 

You will be interested to know 
that last Sunday we had 283 in Sun- 
day school with one class on a trip 
in the mountains. The morning wor- 
ship service total was 200 with 99 

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for the evening. We are thrilled with 
the possibilities here and the way 
the Lord is blessing in the work. The 
dedication date for our new building 
has not been set as yet. 



ELYRIA, OHIO (Galen Lingen- 
felter, pastor) — 

The Lord has been wonderful vo 
us in Elyria and we are happy lo 
share the blessings with you. This 
past year 38 people were baptized 
and added to the church. Of that 
number, nine were baptized on De- 
cember 8, when I had the unusual 
experience of baptizing a complete 
family of seven. 

Just before Christmas another 
young couple accepted Christ and 
have been coming faithfully since 
that time. The new year has wit- 
nessed three high-school young peo- 
ple making public decisions "or 
Christ. 



VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (A. 
Harold Arrington, pastor) — 

I am happy to report we are in 
our own building! All the work has 
been done by volunteer help which 
has enabled us to do a better job than 
otherwise. There is still some work 
to do, so we plan to dedicate later. 
Our attendance is coming up grad- 



ually. The first three Sundays this 
year have been 49 — 47 — 40 with 
the last Sunday a very bad day 
weatherwise. Pray for us as we at- 
tempt to get under way in these new 
quarters. (Ed. The church has been 
meeting in a community building 
while the residence on a new loca- 
tion has been remodeled for church 
and Sunday-school facilities.) 



PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Charles Ash- 
man, Jr., pastor) — 

We are thankful to the Lord that 
we are able to send you an offering 
that is 13 percent over last year's. In 
addition all our local funds but one 
have been pulled out of the red. 
Maybe by this time next year we 
can say: "Put your money some- 
where else, we're going self-support- 
ing." At least this is our prayer and 
aim. Pray with us. A baptismal serv- 
ice is planned for next Sunday night. 
Several families are ready for mem- 
bership. 



GRANDVIEW, WASH. (Robert 
Griffith, pastor) — 

The Lord has been blessing abun- 
dantly here. Last Sunday we had 124 
in Sunday school, 94 in the morning 
worship service, and 47 in the eve- 
ning. In the Hour of Power service 
we had 38. Last Sunday morning 
we received six more people into the 
membership. Last night the WMC 
had their regular meeting with 28 
ladies present. The Lord has been 
good in sending us leaders and we 
are entering the new year with a lot 
of zeal and enthusiasm. 



SOUTH BEND LAYS 
CORNERSTONE 

The Ireland Road Brethren 
Church, South Bend, Ind., 
held a cornerstone laying 
service on Sunday, February 
2, 1958. Rev. R. Paul Miller, 
pastor of the neighboring 
Goshen Grace Brethren 
Church, was the special speak- 
er. The service for the most 
part was conducted in the 
basement of the new building. 
Rev. Gene Witzky is the pastor 
and the Brethren Construction 
Company is building the 
church. 



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I/I^AEL CALLX! 

THE MESSAGE OF ISRAEL (Part II) By Bruce L. Button 



It was during the twelfth century 
that the modern Jewish concept of 
the absolute oneness of God first 
appeared prominently in Jewish 
theological thought. This concept 
was set forth by a Jewish scholar 
named Maimonides in his "Thirteen 
Principles of the Jewish Faith." 
Since then these "Principles" have 
been pubhshed in most, if not all, 
Jewish prayer books. In his second 
principle, he attributed to God an 
absolute oneness when he stated: 
"I believe with perfect faith the 
Creator, Blessed be His name, is 
an Absolute one." In making this 
statement, he disregarded the He- 
brew word used in the Holy Scrip- 
ture to describe this attribute of 
God. In place of the correct word, 
he substituted a word with an en- 
tirely different meaning. Instead of 
setting forth God as a Unity, he set 
Him forth as an Absolute Unit. And 
because Maimonides had promi- 
nence as a student and a philos- 
opher, he was able to corrupt the 
Jewish mind with his false concept 
of God. 

One might ask: "Where did this 
Jewish man, Maimonides, receive 
this erroneous idea of God? Was he 
not a Jew?" The answer is simple 
and direct. He received it from the 
Mohammedan faith! While Mai- 
monides was of Jewish blood and 
Jewish at heart, still he was raised 
in Mohammedan lands and was 
brought up in the Mohammedan 
faith by compulsion. He always lived 
in those lands which were dominated 
by the Mohammedans, such as 
Turkey, Egypt, Spain. In fact, he 
was court physician to the Sultan of 
his day, and was held in high esteem 
by that individual. Thus because of 
his early "religious" training, Mai- 
monides had Muslim tendencies in 
theology. And so he corrupted the 
idea of God's unity, which is de- 
scribed by the Hebrew word Echod 
(as used by Moses in Deut. 6:4) 
when he maintained that God was an 
Absolute One, and he had to use 
the entirely different Hebrew word 
Yachid to do so. 



The passage of Holy Scriptures, 
Deuteronomy 6:4, so corrupted by 
the erroneous thoughts of Miamoni- 
des, is not telling us that One is One. 
If the passage does not mean more 
than that, then it is of little value, 
for even the most ignorant know 
this fact. The passage is telling us 
something far more profound. The 
very words of the introduction 
should cause us to see this, for "Hear 
O Israel" leads us to expect a state- 
ment of great importance. And in 
the light of other passages of Holy 
Scripture, such as Isaiah 9:6; 48:16, 
Psalm 2:7 and Zechariah 12:10, we 
can plainly see this truth to be "Hear 
O Israel, Jehovah our God, Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit, is one Je- 
hovah." 

The message of Israel does not 
stop with belief in one God. Deut- 
eronomy 7:9 takes us further when 
Moses says: "Know therefore that 
the LORD thy God, he is God, the 
faithful God, which keepeth cove- 
nant and mercy with them that love 
him." Moses spoke these words to 
Israel when they were in the wilder- 
ness. God had promised them a 
homeland, a great nation, a mighty 
Messiah. Since that time 4,000 years 
have passed. Israel has been a great 
nation, and seems to be becoming 
one again. She has had a fruitful 
land, and after being out of it for 
2,000 years, she is once again mak- 
ing the land fruitful. But what of 
Messiah? Rav, a Jewish authority, 
says in the Talmud: "The times [of 
Messiah] are long past." Rabbi 
Rachman, speaking of the reaction 
of the Sanhedrin at the time this 
body lost the power of passing the 
death sentence in Israel (about A.D. 
10) says: "When the members of 
the Sanhedrin found themselves de- 
prived of their right over life and 
death, a general consternation took 
possession of them. They covered 
their heads with ashes, and their 
bodies with sackcloth exclaiming, 
'Woe unto us for the scepter has 
departed from Judah and the Mes- 
siah has not come.' " There is also 
a tradition found in the Talmud 



which says that the world will stand 
6,000 years — 2,000 years of con- 
fusion, 2,000 years under Law, but 
after that period Messiah should 
come. Certainly such rabbinical 
thought and tradition should show 
us the strong messianic hope that 
has existed in Israel in the past, and 
still exists at this present time in Is- 
rael, for all they may deny it. But 
since Israel has failed to recognize 
Jesus as the Messiah, and since they 
believe the time for Messiah's com- 
ing is long past, does this mean that 
God is not faithful to His promise? 
Did He fail in the sending of the 
Messiah? Oh, absolutely not! 

We are assured and answered by 
the men of Israel, the prophets of 
God. These sound forth the message 
of Israel in ringing words. They tell 
us over and over again that God is 
faithful; God did send Messiah. 
"God so loved the world, that he 
gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life" 
(John 3:16). Although Jesus may 
be rejected as Messiah and God by 
countless Jews and gentiles alike, 
God is faithful! He did send His 
Messiah: "For when we were yet 
without strength, in due time Christ 
[Messiah] died for the ungodly" 
(Rom. 5:6). Present-day Judaism is 
not the message of Israel. It is the 
message of mistaken, bitter men. 
Someday, we believe in the near fu- 
ture, Messiah has said: "And I will 
pour upon the house of David, and 
upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 
the spirit of grace and of supplica- 
tions: and they shall look upon me 
whom they have pierced, and they 
shall mourn for him, as one moum- 
eth for his only son, and shall be in 
bitterness for him, as one that is in 
bitterness for his firstborn" (Zech. 
12:10). Then Israel will once again 
proclaim her message of hope in 
God and Messiah. When this mes- 
sage is given in all its fullness, "the 
earth shall be full of the knowledge 
of the LORD as the waters cover 
the sea" (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 12:14). 

Lord, hasten that great day! 



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HEWS 




SPECIAL. A 24-hour of prayer 
for revival has been set to begin 
Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:00 a.m., and 
will continue until 6 a.m. Saturday, 
Feb. 22. Each local pastor will be 
responsible for the service in his 
church. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. A train- 
ing seminar in Vacation Bible School 
will be held at the Philadelphia Bible 
Institute Apr. 15-18. The four-day 
training seminar will present VBS 
experts and Christian educators who 
will conduct practical courses de- 
signed to equip teachers and workers 
with successful methods for teaching 
Bible truths. 

OSCEOLA, IND. The Bethel 
Brethren Church is considering the 
possibility of adding additional 
grades to their Christian day school. 
Scott Weaver is pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. The 
Mid-Atlantic district youth rally was 
held at the Rosemont Brethren 



Church on Feb. 7-8. The rally was 
well attended. Earle Peer was host 
pastor. 

CHICAGO, ILL. Sunday-school 
secretaries from 17 different de- 
nominations met at the Conrad Hil- 
ton Hotel Jan. 7-10, for what Dr. 
Clate A. Risley, executive secretary 
of NSSA, termed one of the most 
important meetings of the year. 
Harold Etling, director of the Na- 
tional Sunday School Board of the 
Brethren Church, attended the con- 
ference. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. A 

vigorous and determined group has 
started a bitter fight to force tax- 
ation on all nonpublic schools below 
the collegiate level in the State of 
California. Church-supported 
schools save the taxpayers of Cali- 
fornia more than 5105,000,000 a 
year, according to State Controller 
Robert C. Kirkwood. Such unjust 
taxation, if made law, could threaten 
the Christian day-school program, 
and therefore merits the prayers of 
Brethren everywhere. The Brethren 
churches of southern California 
support nine such schools. 

CHICAGO, ILL. Family Week 
will be observed across the nation 
May 4-11. The theme will be: "Put 
Christ in His Future . . . Now!" 
Family Week is sponsored by the 
NSSA, Clate A. Risley, executive 
secretary. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The 




Church 

Artesia, Calif. . 
Washington, D. C. 
Alto, Mich. 
Wooster, Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 

(First) 
Dallas Center, 

Iowa 
Chico, Calif. 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Middlebranch, 

Ohio 
Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla 

Mansfield, Ohio 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) .... 
Englewood, Ohio 
Limestone, Term. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 



Date Pastor Speaker 

Feb. 16-19 Adam Rager R. I. Humberd. 

Feb. 16-19 James Dixon Jewish Conference 

Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Wm. Johnson Lester Pifer. 

Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Kenneth Ashman P. R. Bauman. 



Feb. 23-Mar. 9 Wm. Steffler 



Feb. 23-Mar. 9 
Mar. 2-9 
Mar. 2-16 . 

Mar. 4-16 

Mar. 18-30 

Mar. 23-27 
Mar. 23-Apr. 6 

Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . 
Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . 
Apr. 20-27 



Forrest Jackson 
Phillip Simmons 
Wm. Gray 



Wesley Haller 

Russell Ward 

Ralph Colburn 
M. L. Myers 

Jack Peters 
Lon Kams 
Clarence Lackey 



Anthony Zeoli. 

Bill Smith. 
Ward Miller. 
Crusade Team. 

John Aeby. 

Crusade Team. 

Herbert Pugmire. 
A. R. Kriegbaum. 

L. L. Grubb. 
Lester Pifer. 
Lester Pifer. 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalce, Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Greater Washington Prophetic Con- 
ference will be held at the First 
Brethren Church Feb. 16-19. James 
Dixon is pastor. 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. Rev. 
Homer R. Miller will conclude his 
ministry at the Grace Brethren 
Church on June 29. He plans to 
continue in the ministry as the Lord 
leads. 

PAWTUCKET, R. I. (EP)— The 
management of Radio Station 
WPAW in Pawtucket has decided 
not to cancel the religious program, 
Temple Time broadcast, as planned. 
A month ago the director of Temple 
Time, the Reverend Edward B. Hill, 
told his listeners that the station 
was going to change to a new con- 
cept of programming which would 
not have room for Temple Time. 
The station manager received such 
a flood of protests from radio listen- 
ers that he reversed his decision. 
Zion Gospel Temple in East Provi- 
dence has been sponsoring the daily 
broadcast for four years. 

GREELEY, COLO. (EP)— The 
Greeley Area Ministers Association 
threatened to seek voter approval 
for a ban on Sunday store openings 
if grocers do not voluntarily close 
their stores on Sundays. The min- 
isters appealed to the community not 
to shop on Sunday but "to observe 
the day which our nation has re- 
spected as a day of worship and rest" 
and not "make Sunday just another 
day of the week." The Chamber of 
Commerce gave its support to the 
clergymen's plea. 



DISTRICT CONFERENCES 

Allegheny May 6-8— Listie. Pa. 

Cahfornia May 20-24 — Long Beach, Calif. 

East July 21-24 — Johnstown, Fa. 

Indiana April 14-17 — Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Iowa June 26-27 — Dallas Center, Iowa 

Michigan — Lansing. Mich. 

Mid-Atlantic May 12-14— Washington. D. C. 

IVUdwest June 6-8 — Pine, Colo. 

Northern Atlantic May 6-9 — Philadelphia, Pa 
Northern California Apr. 2-3 — Modesto. Calif. 
Northern Ohio Apr. 23-25 — Ashland, Ohio 

Northwest June 24-27 — Spokane, Wash. 

Southeast June 23-25 — Hollins, Va. 

Southern Ohio 



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dCi^ma trie 



ina 



By Clair Brickel, Pastor 

First Brethren Church, 
Cleveland, Ohio 



"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to 
all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. 
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present 
world" (Titus 2:11-12). 




Mount Rushmore. S. D. 



The most wonderful Bible truth 
that man can claim for his own is the 
truth concerning the grace of God 
that brings salvation freely to all 
men. Many hearts have been made 
glad and burdens have been lifted 
when the truths of God's salvation 
by grace have become a reality in 
the lives of men. But God's grace 
does not end with the salvation of 
the soul; it continues to operate in 
the transformed life. Having be- 
come a possession of God, a Chris- 
tian sees that there is an abundant 
supply of His wonderful grace to 
enable him to live victoriously. How 
dear we must be to God and how 
infinitely important in His eyes con- 
duct and character must be if such 
an abundance of divine grace is 
made available for righteous Chris- 
tian living. 

God's Desire for Every Christian 
Life 

It is God's desire that every be- 
liever, who has become a trophy of 
His grace, live soberly, righteously 
and godly in this present world. God 
is only asking us to live the kind of 
life every man feels in his heart he 
should live. In living soberly, we are 
living the life that we owe to our 
own nature. We are made up of 
blind desires. The evil within us 
would be most happy to direct thos^; 
blind desires and a tragic life would 
be the result. Just as a ship needs a 
rudder, so do we need self-control 
in order that we may live soberly in 
this present world. 

In living righteously, we are liv- 
ing the life that we owe to people 
round about us. There is a standard 



of righteousness that we get from the 
Book and the Christ of the Book. 
Love and mercy were always a part 
of the life and teaching of our Lord 
as He dealt with men in their sins. 
By living righteously Paul is saying 
that we should "do as we ought to 
do." In living godly we are living the 
life that we owe to God. In this 
Christian life we are not only bound 
by ties that knit us to our fellow 
men and this visible order but the 
closest of all bonds are those that 
bind us each to God. The chief end 
of man is to glorify God and to enjoy 
Him forever. Godliness must govern 
the whole life and be the power of 
self-control and of righteousness. 

Difficulties in Living the Christian 
Life 

Many young men and women 
have tried once and again and have 
failed once and again to live sober- 
ly, righteously, and godly because 
the evil in them has been too strong 
for them. The text tells us to deny 
ungodliness and worldly lust. Un- 
godliness is the opposite of godliness. 
Man is basically selfish and it is 
much easier to glorify ourselves than 
to glorify God. Pride goeth before a 
fall. Many have fallen, so it must 
be right to believe that there is much 
pride in the hearts of Christians . . . 
ungodliness. 

John the Baptist said that he was 
not worthy to unloose the latchet of 
the shoes of Jesus Christ. He also 
stated that Christ must increase and 
John must decrease. John was de- 
nying ungodliness when he gave his 
Lord all glory for all things. Worldly 
lusts are desires that say to the earth 



and to what the earth can give, in 
any of it's forms; "Thou art my god, 
and having thee I am satisfied." 
Desires and longings, no matter how 
refined or how debased, which at- 
tach themselves to the fleeting things 
of this life, are considered worldly 
lust. If we only had to advance in 
wisdom and knowledge and prac- 
tice, that would not be so difficult to 
do; but we have to reverse the action 
of man; and that is hard. It seems 
that in order for a little bit of good 
to enter our lives we have to dispel 
a lot of bad. But the evil cannot 
be dispelled without the entrance of 
good. There is much that attracts 
the world today that makes it diffi- 
cult to live the Christian life. 

God's Part in Living the Christian 
Life 

But the grace of God appeared to 
teach or to "discipline" us. The 
things which are impossible with 
men are possible with God. Christ 
and his love, Christ and His life, 
Christ and His death, Christ and His 
Spirit give to us new hope and new 
powers which help us do the things 
that we could not do ourselves. If 
you want to clean out a tube, the 
way to do it is to insert some solid 
substance, and push, and that drives 
out the clogging matter. Christ's love 
coming into the heart expels the 
evil, just as the sap rising in the 
tree pushes off the old leaves that 
have hung there withered all the win- 
ter. Luther said: "You cannot 
clean out the stable with barrows 
and shovels. Turn the River Elbe 

(Continued on page 109) 



February IS, 1958 



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Love in Action 



By John Evans, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 
Flora, Ind. 



One suggested definition of the 
word "grace" is that which affords 
us the subject-title of this message; 
namely, "love in action." It is fit- 
ting that He who is called "the Grace 
of God" (Titus 2:12), Jesus Christ, 
should provide our prime example 
in gracious living — our lesson on 
love activated. Here in our text for 
our challenge and edification is the 
biography in brief of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. May we, as those who are 
called by His name, experience the 
transforming power of the Spirit of 
God as we muse on the marvels of 
Christ's condescension. May we 
heed the Spirit's purpose in so pre- 
senting this brief biography of our 
Lord's life, before and after Beth- 
lehem. 

"He Was Rich" 

Who can fathom the depths of 
these three words? Who can span the 
scope of their meaning? "He was 
rich." Our Saviour was rich in power 
in His pre-existent state. It was He 
who in the ages prior to His con- 
descension created all things by 
the word of His power (John 1:3). 
Moreover, He was rich in posses- 
sions. And well might He state: 
"Every beast of the forest is mine, 
and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 
If I were hungry, I would not tell 
thee: for the world is mine, and the 
fulness thereof" (Ps. 50:10, 12). 
Again, we might surmise. He was 
rich in praise. Indeed, the One who 
receives praise and adoration of all 
creatures in Revelation 4 and 5 is 
the same God of Isaiah 6:1-8 who 
was the object of the heavenly 
beings" worship and the prophet's 
dedication to humble and worshipful 
service. 

Yes; "He was rich" in power, pos- 
sessions, and praise; but consider, fi- 
nally, that He was rich in the love of 
the Father. We believe the Holy 
Spirit of God sets forth this love of 
God for His Son under the typol- 
ogy of Abraham's love for Isaac. 
"Take now thy son, thine only son 
Isaac, whom thou lovest . . . and 



offer him for a burnt offering," 
Abraham was instructed (Gen. 22: 
2). But surely Abraham's love for 
his son can but typify in a small 
measure the perfect and eternal love 
of God for His Only Begotten. "He 
was rich." 

"He Became Poor" 

And thus in a breath we pass from 
riches to poverty, from heaven to 
earth. "He became poor." Though 
we or an angel from heaven attempt 
to do justice to these words, we can- 
not begin to fully express their mean- 
ing. We must remain mute if chal- 
lenged to sufficiently explain their 
full content. But from the record 
we know He became poor in power 
He once wielded as Omnipotent 
God. Of His own will He lay down 

we SEE r5Dw KkJEATM The TaPESTPV 





that power when born in Bethle- 
hem's manger, taking upon himself 
the weakness of a babe, the debility 
of our human nature. Poor He be- 
came in possessions, moreover. As 
others have observed: He borrowed 
the manger to cradle His head in 
birth; He borrowed the loaves and 
fishes whereby He fed the multi- 
tudes; He borrowed the donkey upon 
which He rode into Jerusalem to 
present himself as the Messiah of 
His people; He borrowed the upper 
room for His last tryst with His 



disciples before accomplishing His 
exodus at Calvary; and, capstone to 
it all. He borrowed Joseph's garden 
tomb in which to lay His head in a 
three day's sleep of death. 

Yes; He became poor in power 
and possessions, but think further 
how He became poor in praise. Con- 
sider the barter of the worship in 
glory for the blasphemy and cursing 
of depraved hearts in life on earth. 
He whose head once wore the dia- 
dem of praise exchanged it for the 
cross of thorns of man's hatred and 
scorn. Hear the spitting and the 
mocking that still echoes from Gol- 
gotha and wonder with me at the 
condescension of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, the kenosis of our Saviour. 

Poor in power, possessions, and 
praise was our Lord in earthly life, 
but, without a doubt, the depths of 
poverty only were known by Him 
when upon the central cross outside 
Jerusalem He was forsaken of God, 
love was withdrawn, and He felt the 
poverty of that love. Hear Him cry: 
"My God, My God, why hast thou 
forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46), and 
realize how His heart was rent as He 
was made to be "sin for us" (II Cor. 
5:21). Surely "He became poor." 
And who can know the magnitude 
of that poverty? 

That Ye . , . Might Be Rich" 

The point in the biography of 
Christ which elicits the greatest won- 
der on our part is the reason for His 
self-abasement. Paul tells us: "For 
your sakes he became poor, that ye 
through his poverty might be rich." 
He did it for you. He did it for me. 
He did it for our souls' redemption, 
unworthy and unlovely though we 
be by nature. 

"Out of the ivory palaces 
Into a world of woe; 
Only His great redeeming love 
Made my Saviour go." 

He died to redeem us, it is true, 
but notice the words of our text 
which tell of the more far-reaching 
purpose in His self-abasement: 
"That ye through his poverty might 



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be rich." Unsatisfied to give him- 
self for our souls" redemption, He 
became poor that we through His 
poverty might be rich. And are we 
not rich, my brethren? Yes, indeed 
we are, though, perhaps, we own 
not a foot of earthly real estate. We 
are "heirs of God and joint-heirs 
with Christ" (Rom. 8:17) to all the 
glories of our Father's heavenly 
home. Surely our riches are as sure 
as the promises of God; and "he is 
faithful that promised" (Heb. 10: 
23). In God's tomorrow unsurpassed 
riches await all who have named the 
lovely name of our Saviour, though, 
indeed, some may have to pass 
through the vale of death before they 
come into their own. 

The Grace of Our Lord 

The purpose in the Apostle 
Paul's mind in bringing to the at- 
tention of the Corinthians this les- 
son on love in action from the life 
of our Lord was to encourage a like- 
minded attitude of liberality in the 
giving of themselves, of their purse 
and all, to the help and encourage- 
ment of their brethren in hard places. 
With the needs of our brethren on 
the various fields of Brethren en- 
deavor critical at the present time, 
we today might well consider this 
lesson as apphcable to us. We be- 
lieve the Holy Spirit so applies it. 
May we give our life, our soul, and 
our all to the challenge that God has 
set before us to the helping of those 
in need, and thus put into practice 
love in action as did our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 



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LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE 

(Continued from page 107) 

into it." Let the grace of God pour 
into your heart and it will not be 
hard to live soberly, righteously, and 
godly in the present world. 

The grace of God gives us in 
Christ the power to be what He com- 
mands us to become, and our spirits 
are stirred into thankful obedience. 
If you have tried and failed at this 
matter of living the Christian life, 
trust yourselves to Christ, let His 
life come into yours, and He will 
make your feet as hind's feet to 
tread upon the high places. Trust 
yourself to that Son of God who 
came down from heaven, and He 
will become the ladder with its foot 
on the earth by which even your 
feeble steps may rise to God. 

February 15, 1958 



RELIGIOUS NEWS REPORTS 



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CHARLOTTE, N. C. Steps are 
being taken by the Mecklenburg 
Ministerial Association to work out 
a plan with local hospital officials 
to prevent the interruption of 
clergymen while they are conducting 
private worship services for patients. 

One of the most feasible sugges- 
tions made by the Ministerial As- 
sociation is that each clergyman 
carry with him, or pick up at the 
hospital desk, a plastic cross to 
wear on his lapel. When entering 
a patient's room the cross would be 
placed on the outside of the door, 
thus informing the nurses of a pas- 
tor's visit. James P. Richardson, ad- 
ministrator of the Presbyterian 
Hospital in Charlotte, has given the 
go-ahead to this system in his in- 
stitution. 

ATLANTA, GA. Fifty thousand 
Georgia Methodists will be given 
pocket editions of the Gospel of 
John during a statewide evangelis- 
tic mission in March. The "Tell 
Georgia About Christ" campaign 
will open about March 9 when pas- 
tors from North Georgia go to South 
Georgia for five days of preaching. 
From March 23 to 28, pastors m 
South Georgia will go north to re- 
pay the visit. Between them, the 
1,500 Methodist churches of 
Georgia hope to win 21,000 new 
members. 

LEXINGTON, KY. The Lord's 
Prayer was offered as a deterrent to 
teen-age crime in Lexington. Judge 
Bart Peak, presiding in juvenile 
court, considered the case of two 
boys who admittedly searched 
parked cars for money they could 
steal. The judge gave each of them 
a medallion inscribed with the prayer 
that begins, "Our Father, Which 
Art in Heaven." "Take this em- 
blem," he said, "and the next time 
you are tempted to do something 
wrong, think and don't do it until 
you take this out of your pocket 
and throw it away." 

OWATONNA, MINN. Pillsbury 
Conservative Baptist College has 



named Dr. Monroe Parker, former 
assistant to the president at Bob 
Jones University, to the presidency 
of the new school. Pillsbury was 
established last September with 106 
students. Dr. Richard V. Clear- 
waters has been serving Pillsbury 
until a full-time resident president 
could be selected. He will remain as 
president of the board of directors. 
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL. Tel Aviv 
University will offer bachelor de- 
grees for courses of study on the 
Christian, Moslem and Jewish holy 
places of the Middle East. The new 
course, an iimovation in higher edu- 
cation, will be introduced in the next 
academic year. Aim of the three- 
year studies will be to train scholars 
for research, but intercreedal under- 
standing will be an important by- 
product. 

BERLIN. Bishop Dibelius, head 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church 
in Germany, is disturbed over the 
impression being gained by the pub- 
lic that pastors in the Soviet Zone 
have moved to the West in whole- 
sale numbers. Actually, he said, only 
about 100 of a total of 6,000 pas- 
tors in the East Zone have gone to 
the West, with or without permission 
from their church superiors. The 
overwhelming majority are staying 
with their flocks, he said, "as is 
their duty." 

WASHINGTON, D. C. A 40- 
year-old Congregational Christian 
minister, the Rev. Frederick E. Fox, 
is one of President Eisenhower's 
most trusted assistants. As the Presi- 
dent's special office assistant, Mr. 
Fox spends ten hours a day rattling 
away on a White House typewriter 
with a furious but effective two- 
finger system. 

Currently he is hard at work on 
the speech the President is scheduled 
to give on March 1 , opening the an- 
nual Red Cross fund drive. As a 
matter of fact, whenever the Presi- 
dent makes a speech containing an 
element of spiritual significance, it 
is probable that Mr. Fox has had a 
hand in it. 

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When Adam and Eve sinned, the 
Lord God entered the Garden of 
Eden and gave the first promise of 
a coming Redeemer. Speaking to the 
serpent He said: "I will put enmity 
between thee and the woman, and 
between thy seed and her seed; it 
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt 
bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15). 

This verse may well be called ihe 
text of the Bible, for as God moves 
to fulfill His promise Satan strikes 
at the line to the Redeemer and seeks 
to thwart God in His purpose. 

As time passed, Satan so corrupt- 
ed the human race that God brougnt 
on the flood and destroyed all but 
eight of Adams race. Then He re- 
peopled the earth through the three 
sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japh- 
eth. God told them to scatter and re- 
plenish the earth, but they did the 
exact opposite and got together to 
build a tower "lest we be scattered." 

Beginning the Nations 

God confounds their tongues as 
they build the tower of Babel, and 
thus He forms the various nations as 
those who speak Chinese go forth io 
form the Chinese nation, and those 
who speak French group together 
and form the nation of France and 
those of other like languages band 
together to form the other various 
nations. 

Now God does a new thing. Up to 
now. He has dealt with the whole 
human race as a unit, but now He 
takes one man out of the line of 
Noah's son Shem, leaving the rest 
of Shem and all of Ham and all of 
Japheth to form the Gentile nations. 

God's Purpose for the J;w 

Then God takes this one man 
and says, Abraham, do you see that 
great mass of humanity racing across 
the stage of life? Abraham, they are 
all dead in trespasses and sins. They 



AND PEACE ON EARTH 



By R. I. Humberd 

Bible Teacher 
Flora, Ind. 



are all racing along in the course 
of the world, under the direction of 
the prince of the power of the air, 
and as they move over the plane of 
life, they race on into the Lake of 
Fire and perish forever (Eph.2 ). 

Now, Abraham, I want to save 
all of them that I can and I want 
to use you as a means of blessing to 
them. I will bless you and "in thee 
shall all families of the earth be 
blessed" (Gen. 12). 

First I want to give them my 
written word. (The Jews fulfilled this 
purpose and gave us our Bible.) 

S:cond, I want you to be a chan- 
nel for the coming Redeemer. (The 
Jews fulfilled this, for Christ was 
born a Jew.) 

Third, I want you to be a national 
witness to me. I will give you the 
land of Canaan. You serve me faith- 
fully and I will mightily bless you, 
showing the other nations that it 
pays to serve Me rather than their 
idols. Then I will make you the 
head of the nations and will bring 
peace to the entire world. 

Jewish History 

As time passed, this tiny stream of 
humanity moved into Egypt where 
it became a great multitude. The 
bondage came and united them into 
one great people; then God opened 
the Red Sea, led them across the 
desert and through the River Jor- 
dan. God pushed over the walls of 
Jericho and gave them the land, 
and finally, under King Solomon, the 
nation of Israel became very high 
among the other nations of the earth. 

But when they forsook the Lord, 
He permitted Nebuchadnezzar, King 
of Babylon to destroy their home- 
land and take the people captive. 
Among the captives was a young 
man by the name of Daniel. Daniel 
was a very likely young man, so the 
king made him one of the prime 
ministers of the kingdom. 

After some sixty-eight years, 
Daniel was one day reading his Bible 
when suddenly a verse in Jeremiah 



sprang right out and presented itself 
with great force before his mind, that 
God "would accomplish seventy 
years in the desolations of Jerusa- 
lem" (Dan. 9:2; Jer. 25:11). Oh, 
thinks Daniel, only a year or two 
and the Kingdom Age will be upon 
us, and in great joy he went into 
prayer and thanksgiving before his 
God. 

But God sent an angel. Daniel 
you are right. There will be a king- 
dom age upon this earth, an age of 
peace and righteousness, but 
"seventy weeks are determined upon 
thy people" (Dan. 7:24). Anyone 
interested in a study on the seventy 
weeks of Daniel can get a book on 
that subject, but to save time we 
will talk of years. 

Seventy weeks of years, or four 
hundred and ninety years are to run 
their course before the Kingdom 
Age. Their Messiah will come in 483 
years, but will be cut off. "But not 
for himself" (Dan. 9:26). (He died 
for our sins.) Then there will be 
a time of wars and desolations and 
then another prince will come who 
will make a contract for the re- 
maining seven years. 

The first thing we note is the fear- 
ful "mistake" the angel made. The 
angel said it will be 490 years until 
the Kingdom Age and it has already 
been some 2,500 years. Why such 
a mistake? 

But we find that God deals with 
Israel much like we used to play 
basketball. When I was in high 
school, we often played basketball 
with other high schools. One night 
they ran me head first into a brick 
wall and things began to swim and 
whirl. 

"Time out" cried the referee. 

The clocks ticked on and the 
hands on the watches moved on, but 
as far as the game was concerned, 
time had ceased to exist. 

And so here. One day our Lord 
rode into Jerusalem astride a little 
ass. Someone associated Zechariah 
9:9 with the fulfillment of prophecy, 



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and the crowd went wild with joy. It 
was David's Son presenting himself 
exactly as the prophet had said their 
King would come. 

Thy Day 

But our Lord did a strange thing. 
He stopped and wept over Jerusa- 
lem: "Saying, if thou hadst known, 
even thou, at least in this thy day" 
(Luke 19:42). "Thy day." What did 
He mean by "Thy Day"? Verily, it 
was 483 years ago to the very day 
since Nehemiah had stood before the 
king to receive his orders to restore 
Jerusalem (Neh. 2). It was Israel's 
King presenting himself on the very 
day and in the exact way their 
prophets had foretold. 

Let Israel now accept her King 
and all will be well, but when our 
Lord arrived at the Temple, the 
chief priests and leaders of Israel 
demanded He stop the demonstra- 
tion (Matt. 21:16). Verily, it was the 
official rejection of Israel's King, and 
God in heaven called "Tims out." 
And God's clock has not ticked with 
Israel since that moment, and it will 
not tick again until the Jews are 
in position for the last years of their 
history before the Kingdom Age. 

The Last Three and One-half Years 

During the last seven years, an- 
other prince, the Antichrist, will 
make a covenant with the Jews, but 
will break his covenant in the midst 
of the time (Dan. 9:27). We do not 
know the terms of this contract, but 
the Jews need protection and the 
Antichrist will need money, so this 
may form the basis of their pact. To 
get a better understanding of Israel's 
history during these last years, we 
turn to Revelation 12: "And there 
appeared a great wonder in heaven; 
a woman clothed with the sun, and 
the moon under her feet, and upon 
her head a crown of twelve stars" 
(Rev. 12:1). 

The Book of Revelation, from the 
fourth chapter, has to do with this 
seven-year period. The seventieth 
week of Daniel is as much Old 
Testament truth as the other sixty- 
nine, so we go back to the Old 
Testament to find the meaning of 
this woman. Let us remember that 
Revelation means exactly what it 
says. When it says that water turns 
to blood, it means that water turns 
to blood. But it is written in pic- 
ture language and often we must get 
the meaning of the picture before 
we can get the message. 



The Woman Is Israel 

Jacob had twelve sons and one 
day Joseph told his father his 
dream. "The sun and the moon and 
the eleven stars made obeisance to 
me." For some reason Jacob im- 
mediately recognized the sun and 
moon and twelve stars (Joseph is 
the twelfth) as referring to himself 
and his family. "Shall I and thy 
mother and thy brethren indeed 
come to bow down ourselves to 
thee to the earth?" (Gen. 37:9-10.) 

Here in Revelation we have a 
woman with the marks of Israel 
upon her. 

Christ, the Man Child 

"And she being with child, cried, 
travailing in birth, and pained to be 
delivered" (Rev. 12:2). The child is 
Christ. It was Israel who gave birth 
to the Christ child. 

"And there appeared another 
wonder in heaven; and behold a 
great red dragon . . . and the dragon 
stood before the woman which was 
ready to be delivered, for to devour 
her child as soon as it was bom" 
(Rev. 12:4). 

Here is a dragon that is great and 
red. Satan is a murderer from the 
beginning. That mouth reeks with 
human blood and from that throat 
there issues the stench of a thousand 
sepulchers. 

This is the other side of the ac- 
count in Matthew. There it was 
Herod who sought to destroy the 
Christ child as soon as it was born. 
But here we see that it was really 
Satan who drove him on to com- 
mit the fearful deed. 

"And she brought forth a man 
child, who was to rule all nations 
with a rod of iron: and her child 
was caught up unto God, and to his 
throne" (Rev. 12:5). 

The first verses of Revelation 12 
are introducing us to the great age 
long conflict between Satan and Is- 



rael. When we speak of a person, we 
only mention the things we are in- 
terested in and pass over the rest of 
his life. We might say that Abraham 
Lincoln was born in Kentucky, split 
rails in Illinois, and was President 
in Washington, D. C. 

Here we see Israel bringing forth 
the man child that God has promised 
will rule the world and Satan seeks 
to destroy it, but our Lord ascends 
back to heaven. This passes over the 
cross and resurrection, for it is 
merely introducing us to the con- 
flict of the last three and one-half 
years of Israel's history before the 
Kingdom Age. 

Israel Flees in the End Time 

"And the woman fled into the 
wilderness, where she hath a place 
prepared of God, that they should 
feed here there a thousand two hun- 
dred and three score days" (v. 6). 

Here we jump over the church age 
and come to the end time. This is the 
fulfillment of Matthew 24:15. When 
the Antichrist breaks his contract in 
the midst of the week, he sets him- 
self up in the Temple and demands 
worship (II Thess). Christ, speak- 
ing to the Jews says: "When ye 
therefore shall see the abomination 
of desolation, spoken of by Daniel 
the prophet, stand in the holy place. 
. . . Then let them which be in Ju- 
daea flee into the mountains." Here 
in Revelation 12:6, we see Israel, 
the woman fulfilling our Lord's com- 
mand and fleeing into the wilderness 
to a 'place prepared of God" (this 
may be Petra, which was carved out 
of solid rock in ages past and which 
now stands empty and ready to re- 
ceive the fugitives of Israel). 

"Feed her." God may feed Israel 
again with manna, much like He 
did when He brought them through 
the desert, and thus God will feed Is- 
rael for three and one-half years or 
the last half of the seventh week. 
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NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 

BRETHRE^S"' CHURCHES 
AUG. 18-24, 1956 

WINONA LAKE. INDIANA 



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EVANGELISM SUNDAY 



FEBRUARY 23 




1957 REPORT 

— 19 evangelistic meetings held. 

— 12 of these 19 meetings were financially supported 
by the Board of Evangelism. 

— 6 campaigns were held in home-mission churches. 

— 99 first-time confessions were made. 

— 265 rededicated their lives to Christ. 



The Hour Is at Hand For 



Revival or Crisis 



T'^e BRETHREN 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 





FEBRUARY 22, 1958 



THE SIN 

OF PRESUMPTUOUS 

LEANING 

Page 115 



INTERESTING FACTS 
ABOUT THE BIBLE 

Page 117 



Dear Mom (seepogens) 



EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President in Charge of Public Relations 



^i^ 




As these words are being written. Dr. \V. A. Ogden 
and I are traveling through the great American desert 
homeward bound after two months of itineration work 
for Grace Seminary and College. We have been out 
particularly for the purpose of acquainting our Brethren 
people with the financial plan for the present construc- 
tion program. The plan was formed and adopted by the 
board of trustees at their last meeting, and we have been 
asked to present it to our churches. 

Our travels have taken us to visit churches in 17 
states and the District of Columbia. Everywhere we 
have gone we have been shown the finest hospitality. In 
fact, the food has contributed so much to the expan- 
sion of our waistlines that both of us face the prospect 
of a reducing diet when we g;t to Winona Lake. We 
are grateful indeed, for the hospitality, but even more 
for the spiritual fellowship in so many Brethren homes. 

We are thankful for the evidence of increasing interest 
in the ministry of Grace Seminary and Grace College. 
This was shown by the display of interest on the part 
of prospective students and their parents, by the num- 
ber of questions asked about the various aspects of the 
school's program. Helpful suggestions were made, and 
the many assurances of prayer were most heartening. 

Of course, the representatives of our denominational 
interests always return to Winona Lake with mixed emo- 
tions, and this is true of us as we consider the reaction 
of pastors and churches to the present building program 
at Grace. 

First, there are many who are enthusiastically for the 
program and all the other missionary interests of ihe 
church. They are for them in spite of business reces- 
sions, building programs, and any other conditions 
which affect the operation of the local work. They be- 
lieve God honors a church in proportion to the extent 
of its missionary vision. They know this calls for the 
exercise of faith. Such churches, some large and some 
small, are experiencing the blessing of the Lord. Souls 
are being saved, members are being added; mountains — 
financial and otherwise — are being moved. They are 
proving the truth of God's missionary promise: "He 
which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" 
(II Cor. 9:6). 

A second class, which we do not beUeve to be large, 
is made up of those who manifest an attitude of loving 
complacency. Their missionary vision reminds one of 
these described by James, who see their brethren in 
need and say to them, "Depart in peace, be ye warmed 
and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things 
which are needful" (James 2:15-16). Such are the peo- 
ple who say: "God bless you, brother. We think you 
are doing a wonderful work back there at Grace." But 



they give no evidence of a conviction that the mission- 
ary responsibility is theirs or of a readiness to do any- 
thing about it. Such an attitude is discouraging, to say 
the least. A goal unset is usually a goal unmet. 

There is a third class, made up of those who say: 
"We'd like to help in the program, but . . . ." In other 
words, if it's a choice between the local church and mis- 
sionary responsibility, missions will have to wait. 

Such an attitude reminds us of our Lord's parable of 
the great supper, when the invited guests "all with one 
consent began to make excuse." One had bought a piece 
of ground and felt he should "go and see it." Another 
had bought some oxen and wanted to "go to prove 
them." A third had "married a wife" and said he couldn't 
come. (See Luke 14:16-24.) 

What was wrong with the attitude of these men? All 
three of them had work to do — work which was nec- 
essary and justifiable. Yet they were at fault. The work 
which they undertook concerned their own interests, 
and they failed to recognize their greater responsibility. 

Here is a principle which should never be forgotten 
by our churches. The Bible warns against narrowing our 
missionary vision because of the needs of the local work, 
and the church that carries on or expands its local pro- 
gram at the expense of its missionary responsibility puts 
itself in a position where it cannot claim or expect the 
blessing of the Lord. 

The teaching is clear. In II Corinthians 9 the Apostle 
Paul is writing to people, poor in this world's (,oods. 
There was always a pressing need at home. Yet, the in- 
spired writer speaks of the church's responsibility to its 
missionary program on the outside. He reminds the 
Corinthian church that "he which soweth sparingly shall 
reap also sparingly" (v. 6). The implication is that the 
church which withholds to serve its own needs demon- 
strates a tragic lack of faith in God's promise to ".make 
all grace abound" toward the local work, so that it will 
always "have all sufficiency in all things" pertaining 
to their own needs. There are different means the Lord 
can use in accomplishing this. He can add "to the 
church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47). Or, 
he can supply more work or better jobs. In either case, 
the Lord ministers to the need of the local church (see 
II Cor. 9:8-13). 

As we return home, we do praise God for the many 
churches which have given us the assurance that no 
part of the home program will be permitted to stand 
in the way of missionary responsibility, whether it be 
in the Grace College building program for more effective 
training of our young people, or in the programs of the 
boards that send them forth in the homeland and across 
the seas. 



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The Sin of Presumptuous Leaning 

By S. Herbert Bess, Professor, Grace Theological Seminary 



The very title of this article will 
startle the casual reader. He might 
ask, when could it ever be sinful to 
lean upon the Lord; are we not 
everywhere exhorted to do that very 
thing? The answer is indeed "Yes." 
To cite only one passage of many 
that would encourage the believer to 
lean upon Him, observe the latter 
part of Isaiah 50:10, which com- 
mands the tested saint to stay upon 
his God. The Hebrew word trans- 
lated "stay" in this passage is exactly 
the same one as that translated 
"lean" in our text, Micah 3:11. A 
comparison of the two texts will 
show that to lean upon God in un- 
questioning faith is to please Him, 
whereas to lean upon Him in the 
fashion of those whom Micah de- 
nounced is to court His judgment. 

The attitude of those whom 
Micah condemned for leaning upon 
God was sinful for the following rea- 
sons: 

I. They conducted themselves as 
if God were indifferent to moral and 
religious sins. Three classes of Is- 
rael's leaders are included in the 
prophet's denunciation. The heads, 
that is, the civil administrators, 
judged for reward. Micah had al- 
ready indicated there was much 
economic oppression in the land. 
The rich were despoiling the poor, 
and taking their houses and lands 
from them. The practice was made 
possible by bribing the judges to 
decide cases in their favor. 

The priests taught for hire, and 
the prophets divined for money. Pro- 
fessionalism in God's service has al- 
ways been a hateful thing; that 
which these religious leaders should 
have done out of devotion to God 
and in response to their high calling 
they were doing "for what they could 
get out of it." 

But the depth of this religious sin 
is greater than that which first meets 
the eye. The verb "to divine" that is 
used here is employed throughout 
the Old Testament of a practice 
which God utterly abhorred. It was 
associated with paganism, and the 
fact that the prophets of Israel were 
given to divining shows the measure 
to which they had adopted the reli- 



gious practices of their heathen 
neighbors. How sad that the na- 
tion should later have accepted 
these self-styled prophets who 
sought to obtain light by the very 
means which God condemned. Be- 
fore Israel had entered Canaan, God 
warned them through Moses against 
adopting the practic* of divination. 
In fact, God instituted the office of 
the prophet who received God's 
word by direct revelation (Deut. 18: 
9-22). " 

Ezekiel 21:21 discloses how some 
of this divining was carried on 
among the pagan people of Baby- 
lon: the king of Babylon "shook 
the arrows to and fro, he consulted 
the teraphim, he looked in the liver" 
ASV). By these various means he 
sought to understand the will of his 
gods. To "look in the liver" was 
to trace the configurations in the 
liver of a sacrificed sheep, seeking 
to find in those patterns some in- 
dication of the god's will. Out of the 
ruined mounds of ancient Mesopo- 
tamian cities have been dug clay 
models of sheep livers used to in- 
struct novice priests in this black 
art. 

At the very outset of Israel's jia- 
tional life the hireling prophet Ba- 
laam had been employed by a heath- 
en king to work some kind of divina- 
tion against Israel whereby he would 
bring upon them a curse. His efforts 
were baffled, and he was first com- 
pelled to exclaim: "How shall I 
curse, whom God hath not cursed?" 
(Num. 23:8), and later: "Surely 
there is no enchantment against 
Jacob, neither is there any divina- 
tion against Israel" (23:23). The 
practice of this kind of paganism was 
utterly unavailing against the chosen 
of the Lord. But how sad, what 
Satan had been unable to work 
against the people of God, he was 
later able to work into their na- 
tional life. In Micah's day, a large 
segment of God's people had been 
assimilated to the pagan culture sur- 
rounding them, and the prophetic 
office was given over to practicing 
that which it had been raised up to 
combat. 

Thus it was that while the na- 
tional leaders indulged in such 



abominable wickedness, they had 
the presumption to lean upon the 
Lord. 

II. They based their confidence 
in God's favor upon the externals of 
ceremonialism. They said: "Is not 
the Lord among us?" Not only had 
God chosen this nation to be pe- 
culiarly His own, but His name was 
established in a special way in the 
holy city. The beautiful Temple 
was there, with all its rich symbolism 
showing the acceptable way to ap- 
proach God. It was the presence of 
the Temple in their midst and its as- 
sociated sacrificial ritual which these 
deluded leaders regarded as a sort 
of insurance policy against any ca- 
lamity. But the Old Testament, as 
well as the New Testament, insists 
that judgment must begin at the 
house of God. Against this same 
false confidence in the Temple Jere- 
miah had to speak out in his day 
(Jer. 7:4), but yet the lessons of 
Scripture and of history are lost to 
vast numbers of our own times. Mul- 
titudes base their hopes of eternity 
upon the insecure ground of some 
relationship to a church, or upon 
the performance of some ritual. 

III. They believed God would 
remain inactive with respect to their 
sin, for they said: "None evil can 
come upon us." They plainly felt 
that God would do nothing about 
their sinful conduct. To their way of 
thinking, God would simply not in- 
terfere in the realm of man's :moral 
activity, and so they reflected the 
same attitude that Zephaniah later 
condemned (Zeph. 1:12). But such 
an attitude toward God placed him 
on no higher level than the gods of 
the pagan neighbors surrounding Is- 
rael (Jer. 10:5; Isa. 41:23), who 
were able to do neither good nor 
evil — i.e., judgment. It is unneces- 
sary to remark how much this pagan 
idea prevails in our own society, 
where countless numbers mistake 
God's longsuffering for indifference. 
Unhappily, many professed Chris- 
tians indulge sinful habits or will- 
fully live in rebellion, and yet they 
"lean" upon the Lord, presuming 
they will "get away with it." Is that 
faith? 



February 22, 1958 



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CONVOCATION SERVICE 

By Homer A. Kent, Sr., Th.D., Registrar, Grace Theological Seminary 



The spring semester of Grace 
Theological Seminary and College 
opened with a joint convocation 
service on Tuesday morning, Jan- 
uary 21, at nine o'clock. The facul- 
ties of both schools appeared in full 
academic regalia and marched in a 
processional to the platform of the 
lower auditorium of the school 
building where the service was held. 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, registrar, was 
in charge. The invocation was of- 
fered by Dr. James Boyer, financial 
secretary of the school, after which 
the Scripture was read by Dr. Nor- 
man Uphouse, head of the depart- 
ment of education in the college. 
The music of the service was led 
by Professor Donald Ogden who 
directs the music in both the col- 
lege and the seminary. The con- 
vocation prayer was offered by Dr. 
Homer Kent, Jr., teacher of Greek 
and the New Testament in the semi- 
nary. 

The address for the occasion was 
delivered by Dr. Frank C. Torrey, 
pastor of the Calvary Independent 
Church, of Lancaster, Pa. He pre- 
sented the first of three messages on 
the Song of Solomon. The other two 
were delivered at the same hour on 
the following two days of the Grace 
Bible Conference which began its 
sessions on Monday evening preced- 
ing the convocation. The benedic- 
tion was pronounced by Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt, dean of the schools. A 'e- 
cessional concluded the service. 

Registrations for the new semes- 
ter in the college took place all day 
Monday, January 20. The total is 
208. This compares with 170 at 
the same time a year ago. The break- 
down of the total registration reveals 
110 men and 98 women. There are 
16 new students and 192 returning 
students. 

These students come from 24 
states of the Union and one foreign 
country. The largest representation 
comes from Pennsylvania which has 
48. Indiana is second with 43, Ohio 
third with 33, California fourth with 
21, and Virginia fifth with 10. Two 
states, Iowa and Michigan, each 



have eight representatives; West 
Virginia has seven while Kansas 
has five. 

The second term registration as 
it now stands is exactly the same 
as that of the first semester. This 
is very encouraging in view of the 
present econonjic situation and also 
due to the fact that usually there is 
a decrease in registrations the sec- 
ond semester. 

The seminary registration took 
place on Friday, January 24, the 
day following the close of the Grace 
Bible Conference. The total at pres- 
ent stands at 118, there being 110 
men and eight women registered. 
This compares with a total of 120 
who registered the first semester. 



Seven new students have entered the 
seminary while two have completed 
their work and will wait until May 
28 for graduation, and several were 
forced to quit school at least tem- 
porarily because of the economic 
situation. Included in the total en- 
rollment are ten who are taking post 
graduate work looking toward ad- 
vanced degrees. The total enrollment 
in both college and seminary is 326 
as compared with 296 for the same 
time a year ago, which represents a 
gain of slightly over ten percent dur- 
ing the year. 

The faculty and administration 
covet the prayers of the churches 
for a faithful discharge of their tre- 
mendous responsibility. 



GIFTS TO GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

January 1958 



General Building 
Fund Fund 

Akron. Ohio $415.00 $314.25 

Aleppo. Pa 13.00 

Alexandria, Va 87.45 35.00 

Allentown, Pa 29.25 78.00 

Alto, Mich 25.00 

Altoona. Pa. (Grace) ... 15.00 

Anaheim, Calif 10.00 

Ankenytown. Ohio 17.00 

Ashland, Ohio 214.50 17.00 

Barbee Lake, Ind 45.85 

Belli lower, Calif 14.52 188.13 

Berne. Ind 40.00 

Berrien Springs, Mich. . . . 2.50 

Camden. Ohio 3.00 11.00 

Canton. Ohio 295.87 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 204.00 66.00 

Clay City, Ind 81.06 

Clayton, Ohio 84.50 96.00 

Cleveland. Ohio 10.00 20.00 

Compton, Calif 37.00 

Conemaugh. Pa. (Pike) .. 214.74 

Covington. Va 26.00 

Cuba, N. Mex 100.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa 1.00 

Dayton. Ohio (First) 262.00 1,876.63 

Dayton. Ohio (N. Riverdale I 213.00 84.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Pat. Park.) 60.20 5.50 

Elkhart, Ind 22.00 116.00 

Elyria, Ohio 24.00 

Englewood, Ohio 110.00 

Everett, Pa 21.00 35.00 

Fillmore, Calif 54.82 70.34 

Flora. Ind 48.50 71.50 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 100.00 

Glendale. Calif 58.60 207.80 

Grandview Wash 8.70 

Hagerstown. Md. (Calvary) 201.86 52.00 

Harrisburg, Pa 35.75 282.00 

Hatboro, Pa 31.00 30.00 

Homerville, Ohio 5.00 2.00 

Hopewell, Pa 40.00 

Inglewood, Calif 47.00 16.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 334.00 592.50 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 235.50 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 222.69 224.50 

Lansing, Mich 100.32 

La Verne, Calif 37.00 1.00 

Leamersville, Pa 106.45 

Leesburg, Ind 60.90 288.02 

Listie. Pa 225.70 50.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 7.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) . 5.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 15.00 51.43 

Martinsburg, Pa 49.00 275.38 



General Building 

Fund Fund 

Meyersdale. Pa 37.00 31.00 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 12.00 13.00 

Middlebraneh. Ohio 82.00 

Modesto, Cahf. (La Loma) 25.00 

Modesto, Calif. (McHenry) 41.00 40.00 

Monte Vista. Calif 47.79 4.00 

New Troy. Mich 215.00 186.10 

North English. Iowa 90.00 

Norwalk, Calif 59.00 46.50 

Osceola, Ind 45.05 18.00 

Palmyra. Pa 136.22 81.00 

Peru, Ind 81.00 115.00 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 234.25 697.85 

Radford. Va 17.55 3.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 10.00 

Roanoke. Va. (W. Hgts.) .. 42.10 28.00 

San Diego. Calif 4.00 5.00 

San Jose. Calif 5.00 

Seattle, Wash 101.75 300.00 

Sidney, Ind 5.00 15.00 

South Pasadena. Calif 34.50 265.00 ; 

Sterling, Ohio 101.00 104.00 

Sunnyside. Wash 130.00 29.00 ' 

Toppenish, Wash 37.00 | 

Warsaw. Ind 128.60 

Washington, D. C 34.55 1,106.52 1 

Waterloo, Iowa 172.79 91.25 

Whittier. Calif. (First) 87.00 22.00 i 

Winchester. Va 84.00 17.00 

Winona Lake, Ind 10.00 55.00 

Winona, Minn 11.00 

Wooster. Ohio 725.13 81.00 

Non-Brethren 154.23 1,030.00 

Maintenance Gifts 55.00 

Seminary student body . . . 306.96 



Totals 7,920.70 9,711.20 



Designated Gifts: 

Allentown, Pa 

Ashland, Ohio 

Fort Wayne, Ind. . . . 

Goshen. Ind 

Long Beach. Calif. 
Martinsburg, Pa. . . . 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 

Portis, Kans 

Waterloo, Iowa . . . . 
Winona Lake. Ind. . 

Non-Brethren 

Alumni Association 



Total 1,452.75 



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The Brethren Missiortary Herald 



Interesting Facts About the Bible 



By R. L. Wheeler, Rugby, England 



THE BIBLE is one of the 
simplest books in the world, for 
where is the child who does not 
understand and enjoy the delightful 
stories in the Bible; the teaching in 
the Gospels; the parables; as the par- 
able of the Prodigal Son, and of the 
Good Samaritan. Yet, 

THE BIBLE is the most pro- 
found book in the world, for it con- 
tains also the deep things of God. 
Books innumerable have been writ- 
ten concerning its sacred contents, 
and more scholarship, and research, 
and labor have been and still are 
being expended on it than on any 
other book ever produced. 

THE BIBLE is the cheapest book 
in the world, for its size, yet more 
money has been spent for a single 
copy than for any other book in the 
world ($500,000 for the Sinaitic 
Version). 

THE BIBLE is the most avail- 
able book in the world, having been 
printed in more languages and dia- 
lects than any other book, and mil- 
lions of copies have been available 
for the asking. Yet it has been the 
most costly of aU books to preserve 



its freedom, entailing untold suffer- 
ings and persecutions, and life itself 
to many of God's faithful servants. 

THE BIBLE is the most quoted 
book in the world, by aU classes 
and creeds, and persuasions, rehg- 
ious and irreligious, philosophers, 
atheists, scientists, and politicians, 
for men cannot get away from its 
wisdom and knowledge and influ- 
ence, even though they may ignore 
its personal call to repentance to- 
ward God, and faith toward our 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

THE BIBLE is the most hated 
book in the world, for time and time 
again through the ages, and also in 
modem days, men have sought to 
destroy it, and to forbid its posses- 
sion, sometimes even putting to 
death those found having a copy in 
their possession. 

THE BIBLE is the most loved 
book in the world. Yes, truly, and 
among all classes and nations. Many 
have risked death rather than give up 
their treasured possession. Some 
have sold all they had in order to 
obtain a copy, walked weary miles 
to hear it read, and multitudes with 



the psalmist confess that the Bible 
is their delight and meditation, and 
that they hide God's Word in their 
heart that they might not sin against 
the Lord. 

And why the above? Is there not 
a cause? Yes, truly, for the Bible is 
a living book. It is a lamp in a dark 
place, unveihng the past and re- 
vealing the future. Speaking with 
divine authority, it discerns the 
thoughts and intents of the heart. 
Was it not C. H. Spurgeon who once 
said, "Other books can delight the 
mind; this one only can quiet the 
conscience." For the Bible teaches 
us the true fear of the Lord, which is 
the beginning of wisdom, and it is 
able to make us wise unto salvation 
through faith which is in Christ 
Jesus (II Tim. 3:15-17). 

May we therefore read it earnest- 
ly, read it prayerfully while we have 
opportunity. Like the psalmist may 
our prayer be, "Teach me Thy way 
O Lord, lead me in Thy truth." So 
shall the blessing of the Lord be 
ours, and we shall know assuredly 
by His Spirit, that we who were 
once in darkness are now light in 
the Lord. 



RABBI EVALUATES REVISED STANDARD VERSION 



By Paul R. Bauman 

Rabbi Israel Bettan, Professor of 
Homiletics at Hebrew Union Col- 
lege, Cincinnati, Ohio, was recently 
asked his opinion of the Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible. In re- 
ply Dr. Bettan said: "The Revised 
Standard Version is not a faithful 
translation, and in some places the 
revisers do violence to the original 
Hebrew. It is a good book on the 
Bible, but it is not the Bible. 

When asked to compare the King 
James Version with various other 
translations, the rabbi said that of 
the EngUsh versions mentioned the 
King James Version was, in his opin- 
ion, the most faithful to the original. 
He stated further that his opinion 

February 22, 1958 



had to do with the Hebrew text as 
a whole and not those passages 
causing the doctrinal controversies 
which have arisen between some 
Christian churches since the in- 
troduction of the Revised Standard 
Version. 

Of course, we would hardly ex- 
pect the Rabbi to participate in a 
doctrinal controversy involving him 
in a decision which would force him 
to make any statement in support of 
an Old Testament prophecy of the 
virgin birth of Christ. What he says 
about the Revised Standard Version 
not being a faithful translation which 
in some places does violence to the 
original Hebrew has been demon- 
strated again and again by compe- 
tent Old Testament scholars. It 



should be remembered that the com- 
mittee responsible for this version 
was made up of men who, for the 
most part, were liberal in their theo- 
logical views and untrue to some 
of the great doctrines of the Bible. 
A man cannot translate without re- 
flecting to some extent his doctrinal 
bias. Let us be careful in the use 
of this tainted translation. 

BOOKLET AVAILABLE 
Shortly after the publication of 
the Revised Standard Version the 
members of the faculty of Grace 
Theological Seminary published a 
critical evaluation of this new trans- 
lation. This booklet, entitled, 
"Which Version?" is available from 
the school at twenty-five cents, post- 
paid. 

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Dormitory Life: Trianing for Maturity 



COVER PICTURE— SALLY SADLER 
Photos by Ken Russell 

A college dormitory is more than a place to house 
and feed students. It has been called "a home away from 
home." Here a girl may room with someone she has 
never met before. Together they learn to share drawers 
and closet space which each could easily use alone. 
They learn to fit their habits and desires to one another; 
many of these roommates become hfelong friends. In 
a dormitory a student must learn a balance between in- 
dividual freedom and responsibiUty to a roommate 
and to the group. 




1. Grace College has taken advantage of the fa- 
cilities which Winona Lake provides to care for the 
students. Seventy-five girls live in the dormitory, the 
third floor of the Westminster Hotel. Here they are 
pictured at dinner in the hotel dining room along with 
the single college men, whose dormitory is the McKee 
Courts. 





3. Student governmsnt is djsignwd to develop in- 
dividuals who can understand problems, and in an un- 
biased and reasonable way solve these for the good of 
each girl and of the whole group. Pictured above are 
the domitory officers meeting v/it.i Miss Ava Schnittjer, 
dean of women (left) to discuss these problems. The 
girls left to right are: Willa Leidy, president; Mary King, 
vice president; Joan Simon, social chairman; and Janice 
Grubb, prayer chairman. These four girls make up the 
disciplinary body for the girl's dormitory. Three of them, 
excluding the vice president, together with a similar 
group from the mrns dorm — Ron Henry, Don Bone- 
brake and Jim Custer — with a seventh member, Ken 
Koontz, chosen by the deans, Mr. Wayne Snider and 
Miss Ava Schnittjer, make up the dorm senate. 




2. Philip Landrum delivers mail to (leit to right) 
Adeline and Caroline Dirienzo and Edna Robinson. 



4. Fifteen girls take turns serving as monitors in 
the girl's dorm. Gloria Fiscus, pictured on duty as moni- 
tor in the third floor lobby, enforces silence during study 
hours, answers the telephone, and sees that girls are 
checked out and in. All girls are expected to be at the 
library or in tbeir rooms studying during that time. 



February 22, 1958 



119 






5. Four girls studying. These are: Lucene Sampson,! 



6. Social fellowship is important too and there isi 
the girls the time to congregate for fun. Pictured are: 
Paden, Kitty Trumble and Rachel Smithwick. Weekend 
limited to weekend nights except by special permission. 

7. From 9:30 to 10:00 each evening all may have 
having a social time in someone's room. Pictured are: 
Gayle Pechta, Beverly Fox, Mary Elsa Bowser, and. I 

8. Others may spend the half hour visiting in th^ 
Pictured are: Elizabeth MoUenkott half way up the stail 
Don Bonebrake, Willa Leidy and Ron Henry. 



9. Jeanette Turner, pictured, and Betty Butterba 
All girls are expected to be in their own rooms. Failureii 
call for a campus (disciplinary action which restricts a I 
and church). Since good health necessitates sleep, 




I 10. Sally Heckman and Nancy Whitaker wield the; 
[^ but otherwise washing her clothes and cleaning her room! 

1 1 . Prayer is an important part of dorm life. Janicfti 
eight groups of eight to ten with a prayer captain for 
them choosing prayer partners for additional prayer le 
nette Williams, Sue West and Marilyn Juday. Seated on 
Pechta. 



12. Group prayer never replaces individual fellow; 
a girl to be alone when she desires. Darlene Matula here} 

It is our purpose to provide an atmosphere of wholel 
character, but enough freedom for a growing edge: ai 
and emotional growth and maturity, and spiritual 
life shall be "to the praise of His glory." 



120 



The B 



Anderson, and LaDonna Smith. 

:or it. An hour after dinner affords 
Vlarie Sackett, Claudette Ellis, Linda 
)m enforced study hours. Dating is 



taxation. They sometimes spend it 
Karen Calkins, Carolyn Caldwell, 
laving popcorn and pop. 

, but at 10 o'clock, it's "good night." 
Wayne Tucker, Sally Heckman, 



t 10 o'clock (11 p.m. on weekends), 
a warning slip, and four warnings 
r a whole weekend, except for meals 
it 11 p.m. on week nights. 



I takes care of laundering bed linen, 
)onsibility. 



airman, has divided the girls into 
neet regularly for prayer, many of 
ck row are: Jeanette Turner, An- 
Juday, Sally Lingenfelter, Gayle 



A prayer room provides a place for 
dorm prayer room. 



with enough discipline to develop 
led for physical well-being, social 
minate in each girl's desire that her 




Herald 



121 



NetjjeiJage 




NOTICE. All church statistical 
reports are now past due. Pastors 
and secretaries of local churches are 
requested to check as to whether 
these have been mailed to the na- 
tional statistician, Rev. Caleb .Zim- 
merman, 2942 Dwight Ave., Day- 
ton 20, Ohio. 

PARAMOUNT, CALIF. Attend- 
ance records have been broken 
during recent weeks at the Para- 
mount Brethren Church, John 
Mayes, pastor. The records now 
stand at 190 for Sunday school, 173 
for morning worship, and 73 for the 
evening service. A new subdivision 
has been open three blocks from ihe 
church, and 160 new homes will 
soon be under construction. 

SPECIAL. February 23 is Evan- 
gelism Sunday. Pastors and laymen 
are cooperating in the interest of 
evangelism in The Brethren Church. 
This day is sponsored by the Board 
of Evangelism. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Guest speak- 
ers to appear at the North River- 
dale Brethren Church include Dr. 
Horace Dean, Mar. 2; and Dr. Bob 
Cook, May 4. Russell Ward is pas- 
tor. 

BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Mrs. 
Edna Purse was honored Feb. 9 at 
the First Brethren Church as she 
celebrated her 92d birthday. 

ALLENTOWN, PA. The lay- 
men's rally of the Northern Atlantic 
Fellowship is being held here Feb. 
22 at the First Brethren Church. 

YAKIMA, WASH. The WMC 

rally of the Northwest Fellowship 
was held at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Feb. 21. 

GOSHEN, IND. Goshen College 
and Biblical Seminary, operated by 
the Mennonite Church, has applied 



for a non-commercial educational 
FM radio station to train students in 
radio evangelism. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Mrs. 
Rhoda Simmons has served as 
organist at the First Brethren 
Church for nearly a quarter of a 
century. On Feb. 2 Mrs. Simmons 
presented a special organ recital, as- 
sisted by Mrs. Barbara MacFarlane, 
pianist, and Mr. Karl Stutzman, 
tenor soloist. 

PIATT LAKE, MICH. The youth 
camp of the Michigan District Con- 
ference will be conducted .here 
July 19-26. Earl Funderburg is camp 
director. 

CONEMAUGH, PA. Rev. Stan- 
ley Hauser has begun his 6th year 
as pastor of the Conemaugh Breth- 
ren Church. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Tiie Mis- 
sionary Herald has some fine hand- 
craft kits for use in summer camps. 
A brochure will be sent on request. 

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES (FENS) 

— Evangelist David Morken, of 
Hongkong, has just completed a suc- 
cessful 18-day city wide crusade in 
this third-largest city of the Philip- 
pines. Several months of intense 
preparation had been led by Orient 
Crusades missionaries and national 
staff. Norman Nelson, Orient Cru- 
sades tenor soloist, led the music 
and performed concerts in schools 
throughout the city. Ten of the city's 
twelve Protestant churches united 
for this witness to the city. Nightly 
crowds averaged 3,000 in attend- 
ance at the open-air platform and 
public plaza. Several hundreds of 
local residents responded to the gos- 
pel invitation. Among the number 
was a priest of the Philippine Inde- 
pendent (Catholic) Church, and a 
former Protestant minister, who, ten 
years before, had left the ministry 
in discouragement. Following the 
crusade, foliow-up classes and in- 
tensive visitation will be conducted 
by the churches. This is the plan fol- 
lowed in all Orient Crusades-spon- 
sored cityvvide meetings in the Phil- 
ippines. 

CRYSTAL LAKE, IND. The 

young people's camps of the Indiana 
district will be held here June 16- 
21 for juniors and June 23-28 for 
seniors. 



MiSSIQNARY 



V^ERAJLD 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind- 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City. Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



lln im^ttiorlam 

James Edward DuMond, 52, was 

called to be with the Lord on Sept. 
20, 1957. He was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, of South 
Gate, Calif., since 1937. Alf Dodds 
was in charge of the service. 

Ralph Lape went to be with the 
Lord on Nov. 26, 1957. He had 
been a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Canton, Ohio, since 
1935, He was a member of the 
Men's Bible Class which he attended 
regularly until the Lord called him 
home. He and Mrs. Lape had just 
returned from an extended trip to 
Florida during which time they at- 
tended services at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, of Fort Lauderdale. — 
John Dilling, pastor. 

Mrs. Martha (Benshoff) Lewis, 

86, of Johnstown, Pa., was called 
home to be with the Lord on Sunday, 
Jan. 26. — Russell Weber, pastor. 

Mrs. Margaret Witter was pro- 
moted to be with the Lord on Jan. 
13 at the age of 75. Her husband. 
Rev. Marcus Witter, a Brethren 
minister, preceded her in death in 
1927. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the writer in the historic 
Germantown Church of the Breth- 
ren, Philadelphia, Pa., which was 
the first Brethren church built in 
America. Interment was in the ad- 
joining cemetery where lies the bod- 
ies of Alexander Mack, Louis S. 
Bauman, and other Brethren lead- 
ers. Mrs. Witter's grandson is grad- 
uating from Dallas Theological 
Seminary this spring. — Robert D. 
Crees. 

Barbara Popp, 16, of Troy, Ohio, ^ 
was killed in an automobile accident | 
on Jan. 9. She attended the Crystal' 
Lake (Indiana) camp last year. — 
Herman Hein, pastor. 



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This Is My Task 



By Lt. Col. F. W. Shiery, Chaplain U. S. Army 



At the beginning of World War 
II, I was impressed with the vast 
opportunities for the Lord in the 
armed forces. So many of my con- 
gregation were being called into 
service, and I wanted to join them. 
In speaking to Dr. Lewis S. Chafer 
about it, he said: "Herein is the 
greatest opportunity for Christian 
witness ministers have ever had." 
Later the Lord opened the door and 
I entered the chaplaincy. 

In 1946 I was stationed in Korea. 
We built a new chapel and dedicated 
it on Christmas Eve with a never-to- 
be-forgotten service. Thereafter we 
had more than three hundred men 
in our service each Sunday. One 
morning after services, while I was 
still debating whether to continue in 
the Army, the commanding officer 
said to me: "Chaplain, where in the 
United States can you preach to a 
congregation of young men like 
this?" His question seemed the di- 
vine answer to my question, and I 
liave continued to serve the Lord in 
this capacity. 

The task is never easy. Demands 
3n time and service far outweigh 
ane's ability to feel that a day's 
ivork is done. We are often unap- 
Dreciated, and there is frequent sub- 
;le' opposition. But there are re- 
wards too. The light in a young 
soldier's eyes who has been helped 
n solving a knotty problem is an un- 
failing source of comfort. The power 
)f the Gospel is evidenced in the 
growth of these young men in the 
hings of God. The fact that some 
)f these are planning for the Chris- 
ian ministry gives one a sense of 
gratitude. 

Today, an army post is my parish, 
iere the men worship, work, and 
[TOW together as people do in any 

■ebruary 22, 1958 



large church. The work of an army 
chaplain in peace dme is quite simi- 
lar to that of a minister of a large 
parish. Practically all the acdvities 
of a typical parish are to be found 
on every army post. Facilities in gen- 
eral are very adequate, and the best 
of modem equipment and materials 
for teaching, social service, and 
fellowship are provided. 

These are true to an unusual de- 
gree at Fitzsimons Army Hospital 
in Denver, Colo. Here is a beaudful 
chapel with impressive appointments 
including an electronic organ, pre- 
viously donated by its makers to the 
Republican National Convention at 
San Francisco. It was presented to 
Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower who in 
turn gave it to the Fitzsimons Hos- 
pital, where it was dedicated with 
appropriate ceremonies last October. 

Another outstanding facility is the 
Chapel Center, a former hospital 
ward converted to the chaplains' 
use. Here are housed the chap- 
laincy offices, and the church 
school with its worship center for 
each department, and a separate 
classroom for each class. Here also 
are a reading room and library, a 
music room with the best recordings, 
a social room and a separate lounge 
with full television facilities. 

Sunday evening vespers, Bible 
classes, a youth fellowship, the 
chapel guilds, the men's group, 
choir rehearsals, plus chapel 
family dinners and conferences 
are all held under this same 
roof. Hot coffee and cookies are 
ready for serving each day from 
8:30 in the morning until 10:00 in 
the evening. 

The post sponsors a youth club. 
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Girl 
Scouts and Brownies. In all phases 
of post life the influence and co- 



operation of the chaplains play a 
vital part. The leadership of Chris- 
tian lay workers help the chap- 
lains to fulfill their mission, .and to 
unite the post's personnel in fur- 
thering the religious program. 

Besides ministering to military 
personnel and their families, the 
chaplains are responsible for the 
spiritual care of hospital patients. 
This involves a schedule of regular 
visitation, the conducting of ward 
and bedside services, and pastoral 
counsehng. 

Many competent observers judge 
that the work of the chaplains in 
our armed forces has made a defi- 
nite impression on the thinking of 
a large segment of our nation as a 
whole. Chaplains are constantly 
being valued more highly by our 
military leaders. 

Much progress has been made 
within the chaplains' branch itself, 
moreover, toward increased effec- 
tiveness in training procedures, to- 
ward strengthening administrative 
leadership, toward the provision of 
better facilities, and toward an over- 
all stress on the cultivation of spirit- 
ual sensitivity and maturity among 
the chaplains themselves. 

It may weU be that the striking 
growth of our civilian churches at 
this time is due in part at least to 
the dedicated efforts and the effec- 
tive program of our chaplains' 
branch. Almost every chaplain has 
"spiritual sons" presently serving as 
parish ministers, chaplains or stu- 
dent pastors. When many of our 
men return to their home churches, 
they take with them a new insight 
and a vitalized interest in religion 
as a result of their experience 
through the churches' representatives 
during the period they spent in uni- 
form. 

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Our 

Intercontinental 

Missile 



By Jack Peters, Pastor 

Calvary Brethren Church 
Hagerstown, Md. 



This is a day when much em- 
phasis is being placed on our newest 
types of weapons. Men's hearts to- 
day are filled with awe as they 
listen to the news broadcasts and 
read the newspapers of the latest 
types of satellite rockets and mis- 
siles. One of those weapons that 
would be especially effective in case 
of an all-out war would be the in- 
tercontinental ballistic missile. This 
missile would make it possible for 
a mihtary force to fire a missile fit- 
ted with an atomic or hydrogen war- 
head to its target thousands of miles 
away. This missile is the latest thing 
in technical warfare. It is believed 
that Russia today has a missile cap- 
able of hitting a target many miles 
away with an accuracy plus or minus 
of six miles. 

We have a spiritual missile as old 
as man that carries a wallop, and is 
more effective than our latest types 
of weapons. With this missile there 
is no mistake of plus or minus of 
six miles. This missile — the inter- 
continental prayer missile — hits the 
target! The first time this preacher 
was brought face to face with this 
great weapon was during World War 
II. Shortly after my conversion I 
was aboard a battleship that was 
fighting the Japanese in the South 
Pacific. I shall never forget those 
five Japanese suicide planes that 
came directly at our ship. One of 
those planes managed to get through. 
There was a great explosion and 
then a period of silence. I knew ex- 
actly where the plane had hit and 
immediately I was concerned about 
a Christian Marine who was station- 
ed nearest to the explosion. We who 
knew the Lord rejoiced greatly when 



I 




we learned that our Christian Marine 
friend was spared. 

About two weeks later we learned 
why this brother's life was spared. 
He had a believing family who knew 
how to pray. This young man re- 
ceived a letter from his mother, who 
was thousands of miles from this 
incident. She wrote: "Dear Sonny, 
on Tuesday of this week at 8 o'clock 
in the morning your sisters and I felt 
compelled to pray for you. V/e felt 
that you were in some immediate 
danger. The girls and I knelt by our 
beds and sought the face of our Lord 
in your behalf." Sonny, the Marine, 
shared this letter with his Christian 
friends. To our amazement the day 
of the week and the corresponding 
time were the same as the day and 
the hour that our battleship was 
undergoing an attack from the Jap- 
anese Air Force. Ever since that day 
I have believed fervently in the great 
power of prayer — one of our great- 
est spiritual weapons. 

In our present-day millions of 
dollars will be spent toward the de- 
velopment of missiles with nuclear 
warheads that will destroy. We who 
know Jesus Christ as our personal 
Saviour have access to a power far 
greater that is free to us who be- 
lieve. In the case of my friend, what 
was it that caused their intercon- 
tinental prayer missile to work? At 
least three factors were involved in 
this prayer that saved the life of my 
friend. 

1 . To launch our prayer missile, 
we must pray. I am amazed as I 
read the Word of God how just the 
the fact that "they prayed" changed 
an entire circumstance. It is no 
wonder that Daniel was delivered 



from the lions' den, for he knew how 
to pray. (cf. Dan. 6:n.) I have 
heard the question: "Have you 
prayed about it?" A question that 
would better portray some Chris- 
tians is "Have you worried about it 
yet?" Our Lord Jesus Christ said 
with regard to the woman who 
prayed with importunity that "men 
ought always to pray, and not to 
faint." (cf. Luke 18:L) In every 
walk of life there are trying cir- 
cumstances that our God desires to 
work out for us. Our missionaries 
thousands of miles away in Africa, 
Argentina, Brazil, France, Hawaii, 
Mexico are constantly undergoing 
attacks from the enemy of their 
souls. Not long ago the life of one 
of our missionaries was spared from 
a spitting snake of the poisonous 
variety. Someone thousands of miles 
away was praying. Our missionaries 
at home and abroad are in constant 
danger, for our spiritual enemy is of 
supernatural power. Let us be sure 
that our prayer missiles are being 
launched in the behalf of their well- 
being and spiritual victories. At the 
judgment seat of Christ God will 
deal with us about our prayerless- 
ness. Let's be sure to pray. 

2. To launch our prayer missile, 
we must pray in the name of Jesus. 
There are many today throughout 
the world who pray, but their pray- 
ers couldn't launch a prayer missile 
because they don't pray in the name 
of Jesus. One of the criticisms of the 
unbelieving Pharisees of our Lord's 
day was that they made long prayers, 
(cf. Matt. 23:14.) Do you believe t 
today that all of the Pharisees arei 
dead — that is, figuratively speak- 
ing? No; they are not. Many of 
them today utter long prayers to, 
the Father of mankind. These pray- j 
ers cannot go any higher than thei] 
ceiling, however, because they are 
not offered by those who know Jesus 
Christ as their Saviour. Men must 
realize that if their prayers are to be 
answered, they must be prayed, by 
men who have been to Calvary with! 
their sins. (cf. John 9:31: "Now we 
know that God heareth not sinnersi 
. . . .") They must pray in Jesus') 
name. John 16:24 confirms this:; 
"Hitherto have ye asked nothing ia 
my name: ask, and ye shall receiver 
that your joy may be full." God'| 
ear is ever alert to hear His owfl 
pray. Unsaved friend, you must trust 
in the Saviour to be able to pray 
in His name. 

(Continued on page 128) 



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The Brethren Missionary Herak 



THE SUFFICIENCY OF 



Dnc olaad Sncphctd 



By Irvin B. Miller, Pastor 

Bethel Brethren Church 
Berne, Ind. 




"I Am the Door" 



There is no portion of God's 
Word that provides a better ex- 
pression of the sufficiency of the 
Lord Jesus Christ than this Twenty- 
third Psalm. David, the writer of 
the Psalm, knew of this sufficiency 
by an intimate relationship with 
Him. There is a vast difference be- 
tween knowing about Him and per- 
sonally knowing Him. 

The story is told of a public 
gathering at which a great "actor" 
was presented. Some one requested 
that he display his talents by quoting 
the Twenty-third Psalm. So with all 
of his eloquence he quoted the 
Psalm, while the audience listened 
with amazement at the display of his 
outstanding abihties. After he had 
finished and was again seated, there 
^as much discussion about his ac- 
f;omplishments. 

Suddenly, in the rear of the audi- 
torium, a man stood to his feet and 
requested that an elderly man who 
A'as present be asked to quote the 
!ame Psalm. Upon this request, the 
ilderly man stood to his feet. He 
lesitated for a moment, then he 
3egan to quote. Tears of joy stained 
lis wrinkled cheeks as he unveiled 
he beauty of the Shepherd in the 
i*salm. The audience did not see a 
;reat display of ability, but they 
vere moved to tears as they recog- 
lized the beauty and sufficiency in 
he Shepherd. 

When the elderly man had fin- 
shed and had taken his seat again, 
lomeone asked the actor: "Why was 
here such a difference of response 
o the same Psalm?" The actor, with 
)owed head, answered: "This dear 
)ld man knows the Shepherd, but I 
)nly know the Psalm." 

Likewise, David knew the Shep- 
lerd, and he recorded three great 
ruths that every believer should 
ecognize. Verse 1, reveals the Per- 
on in the Psalm. Verses 2 and 3 

ebruary 22, 1958 



amplify the basic truth of the first 
verse by revealing the provision of 
the Shepherd. The three concluding 
verses speak of the never-faihng 
presence of the Shepherd in the be- 
liever's daily walk. 

Notice the progression here. We 
must first claim the Shepherd as our 
own before we can afford ourselves 
of any of His provisions. Then as we 
rest in His provisions, we find that 
His presence becomes a reality. 

The Person of the Psalm 

"The Lord" speaks of Jehovah the 
living One, the self-existent Being. 
He only is unchangeably the same. 
All other hfe in this universe is de- 
pendent and derived from Him. This 
One is none other than Jesus Christ 
our Saviour, for He said: "I am the 
good shepherd." 

David, as a shepherd, could best 
express himself in the familiar terms 
which he uses. Knowing the posi- 
tion and responsibility of a shep- 
herd and his sheep, David could 
well say: "The Lord is my shep- 
herd." Knowing also that the shep- 
herd leads, feeds, and protects the 
flock, the psahnist displays the Lord 
with His power, sympathy, and com- 
passion upon those who trust Him. 

How is it with you today? Is 
Christ real to you in your daily ex- 
perience? Do you know Him vitally 
and personally so that you are able 
to say with the psalmist: "The Lord 
is my shepherd"? 

The Provision of the Shepherd 

David reveals three steps of lead- 
ership in the provision of the Shep- 
herd. 

He first shows that there is a bit 
of unwillingness in the part of the 
sheep in allowing the Shepherd to 
provide rest and food. He says: "He 
maketh me to lie down in green pas- 
tures: he leadeth me beside the still 



waters." Sometimes the sheep are 
so active in "things" that the Shep- 
herd must require them to lie down 
for a period of rest and feeding. 
Often in our churches we become so 
busy in programs and meetings that 
very httle time is spent in fellow- 
ship with God and in feasting upon 
His Word. 

If we are resting and feeding in 
Him, then we receive the second 
provision, that of restoration and 
heahng for the soul. The psalmist 
said: "He restoreth my soul." As 
sheep, we are continually bruised by 
sin. We are tempted daily by the 
adversary. We are being contami- 
nated by the filth of this world. We 
are so full of unbelief. But, whatever 
the individual need may be, our 
Shepherd anxiously awaits to restore 
His sheep. 

David continues by saying: "He 
leadeth me in the paths of righteous- 
ness for his name's sake." In this 
phrase he uncovers the third pro- 
vision, that of righteousness and 
service. What a wonderful provision 
this is! After rest and restoration, 
then we are ready to do service for 
Him. But this service can only be 
produced by the sheep who follow 
the Shepherd in "paths of righteous- 
ness." This path may not be the path 
of our choosing. However, it will al- 
ways be the path of His leadmg. The 
Shepherd never leads His sheep into 
circumstances that will not bring 
glory to Him. Therefore, we can al- 
ways depend upon Him to fix our 
feet in that path as we follow His 
leadership. 

The Presence of the Shepherd 

In verses 4-6 David seems sud- 
denly to have felt the very presence 
of the Shepherd. Having rested in 
Him, and having been led in paths of 



(Continued on page 127) 



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A Message From Our Moderator 



Miles Taber 




If you see anything like what I 
see when you look out of your win- 
dow, you are not reminded much of 
National Conference time. Neverthe- 
less, half of the present conference 
year is akeady gone, and it is time 
to begin making plans and saving 
money to go to conference. 

The annual gathering of the 
Brethren in Winona Lake, Ind., is 
always a pleasant and profitable ex- 
perience for our people. There are 
always old friends to see, new friends 
to make; there are familiar voices lO 
be heard from the pulpit and un- 
familiar ones too; there is recreation 
for both body and spirit. National 
Conference has become a "must" 
in the lives of hundreds of Brethren 
people. 

But this year there are unusual 
reasons which we believe should 
bring additional hundreds of Breth- 
ren people to the annual gathering. 
We hope that by this time you are 
aware that 1958 marks the 250th 
anniversary of the beginning of The 
Brethren Church in Germany, for it 
was in 1708 that Alexander Mack 
and seven others banded themselves 
together to follow the Word of God 
wholly in the worship and service of 
God. Furthermore, this year com- 
memorates the 75th anniversary of 
the separation of The Brethren 
Church from the legalism and dicta- 
torial methods of the Church of the 
Brethren. So it is extremely fitting 
that this year's conference should be 
something special. And we believe 
your executive committee will not 
disappoint you. Chairman James G. 
Dixon and Secretary H. Leslie 
Moore, together with the other mem- 
bers you have placed on this commit- 
tee, have been working faithfully to 

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plan a program that will bs in every 
sense unique. 

For example, take the speakers. 
When have you had the opportunity 
of hearing so many denominational 
leaders within one week's time? A 
partial list of the speakers includes 
such names as Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Sr., Dr. Luther L. Grubb, Dr. Alva 
J. McClain, Dr. Russell D. Bar- 
nard, Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum, 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Rev. John M. 
Aeby, Dr. Charles H. Ashman, Dr. 
Charles W. Mayes, Dr. Paul R. Bau- 
man, and Rev. Kenneth B. Ashman. 
Also to be heard are the leaders of 
various boards, returned mission- 
aries, auxiliary leaders, and the 
young people from Camp Bethany, 
not to mention a two-day Sunday- 
school convention with nationally- 
known speakers. 

Or, consider the theme. From 
many suggested themes "The Chal- 
lenge of Our Heritage" was selected 
by the executive committee. 
Throughout the week that heritage 
and its challenge will be developed 
by the speakers. For example, the 
speakers at the morning Bible Hour 
will tell the story of our historical 
heritage, led off by Doctor Kent, Sr., 
who has written a textbook on 
Brethren history. The evening mes- 
sages, following the moderator's ad- 
dress on the theme of the conference, 
will concentrate on our spiritual 
heritage. And throughout the con- 
ference the emphasis will be on 
"challenge," not on "heritage"; that 
is, we will dwell on the past only as 
it helps us to do better in the present 
and the future. 

Another special feature this year 
will be a baptismal service in the 
lake on Sunday afternoon. All 



Brethren ministers are invited to 
bring candidates for baptism to con- 
ference and to participate in this 
service. 

The closing night of conference is 
usually an anticlimax, for most of I 
the Brethren have started home by \ 
that time. We are urging everyone . 
attending this year's conference to 
come prepared to stay through. For 
the closing service will undoubtedly \ 
be the greatest of all, a mammoth 
communion service. The Indiana 
pastors will prepare for and conduct 
this service. We believe that if you 
are present, you will remember the 
experience for the rest of your life. 
It probably will be the largest Breth- 
ren communion service anyone of us 
has ever attended. But we want it i 
to be more than that — we want it to 
be the chmax of a week in which " 
God manifests His power in and on ' 
The Brethren Church. And we be- 
lieve it can be just that if we apply ^ 
the messages of the week to our i 
hearts and our conduct. 

To prepare for such revival the 
executive committee has decided to 
return to a custom of a number of 
years ago when all groups met to- 
gether for the morning prayer period 
at 6:30. The services are scheduled 
to close at 7:00 o'clock so that an 
hour will be allowed for breakfast. 
But it may be that some persons will 
choose to pray on through undl time 
for the auxiliary sessions at 8:00. 

If this sort of a program sounds 
interesting to you, start making plans i 
to be in Winona Lake, Ind., August ■ 
18-24. More information will be | 
forthcoming from month to month Ij 
as the program develops. <, 

P. S. Has your statistical report 
been mailed? 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Rally Echoes 

By Karen Grubb 
Palmyra, Pa. 



Do you know what it would be 
ike to be taken over by communism? 
About fifty teen-agers, who attended 
the Northern Atlantic Fellowship 
youth rally on January 17-18, expe- 
rienced that almost in actuality. 

On Friday evening we met in 
secret with the light of only one 
:andle, and since all Bibles and song- 
books were confiscated, everything 
was done completely from memory. 
Richard Cassel, the youth leader of 
the host church, challenged us to 
be dynamic in our testimony for 
Christ. 

The rally was held at the Grace 
Bretliren Church, in Palmyra, Pa., 
where Rev. Wm. Markley is pastor, 
[t was centered on the theme, 
'Where Are We Going." The Penn- 
sylvania churches represented were 
Harrisburg, York, Philadelphia 
JFirst) and Philadelphia (Third), 
Allentown and Palmyra. 

On Saturday, January 18, de- 
rations were led by Mr. Jeremiah 
Kauffman, one of the local laymen, 
who presented the need for letting 
Christ have His way in our lives. 

Following a tour through the State 
Police Training School, in Hershey, 
Pa., we had our Brethren Youth 
Fellowship meeting with Ken Huber, 




Corporal Ciyae Lambom of the Pennsylvania State Police Trainmg School, 
is shown explaining to a group of the youth tne various displays of nar- 
cotics and weapons taken from prisoners. They were also shown the police 
dogs that are used largely in safety lessons at schools and farmshows in 
this area. (Photos by Allen Zook.) 



from the Philadelphia (First) church, 
presiding. New district officers were 
elected as follows: president, Knute 
Larson, of Harrisburg; vice presi- 
dent, Luke Kauffman; and secretary- 
treasurer, Karen Grubb, both of 
Palmyra church. Next we had our 
regular SMM and Boys Club meet- 
ings. 

One of the highlights of the rally 
was the banquet. A scrumptuous 



meal was prepared by the ladies 
of the local WMC with" Mrs. Wilso;i 
Summers and Mrs. Earl Cassel in 
charge. The banquet speaker was 
Mr. Lloyd Herr, one of the local 
laymen, who spoke on life's purposes 
and illuminated on the rally theme. 
The next rally will be conducted in 
April at the Grace Brethren Church, 
York, Pa., Herman W. Koontz, pas- 
tor. 




■Northern Atlantic District youth of- 
icers. Left to right: Knute Larson, 
larrisburg. Pa., president; Karen 
Jrubb, Palmyra, Pa., secretary- 
reasurer; and Luke Kauffman, Pal- 
myra, Pa., vice president. 

ebruary 22, 1958 



THE GOOD SHEPHERD 

(Continued from page 125) 



righteousness by Him, the psalmist 
now manifests hope and confidence 
because of His divine presence. 

The most feared event in the 
heart of man is that of death. Yet 
David realizes that there is nothing 
to fear even in the closing moments 
of this life, "for thou art with me." 
If the Lord is present, even though 
we "walk through the valley of the 
shadow of death," why should we 
fear that He will forsake us in the 
lesser things in life? Yes; the Good 
Shepherd is always present. 

The presence of the Lord pro- 
vides three precious promises to 
the child of God. The writer of the 



Psalm expresses a promise of com- 
fort in verse 4. Verse 5 reveals the 
promise of protecticjn. The closing 
verse rings out the promise of se- 
Cifrity. 

Do you know the Shepherd as 
David knew Him? Are you person- 
ally acquainted with this Person? 
Are you receiving His gracious pro- 
vision? Are you continually aware of 
His divine presence? Are you able 
to say with the psalmist: "Surely 
goodness and mercy shall follow me 
all the days of my life: and I will 
dwell in the house of the Lord for 
ever"? If so, then you know the suf- 
ficiency of the Good Shepherd! 

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The Jew and Peace for This Earth 

By R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



(Continued from last issue) 

And the dragon "persecuted the 
woman which brought forth the 
man child" (v. 13). This will bring 
on a time of "great tribulation such 
as was not since the beginning of the 
world to this time, no, never, nor 
ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21). 

"And to the woman were given 
two wings of a great eagle, that she 
might fly into the wilderness into her 
place" (v. 14). 

The same God who once plagued 
Egypt, as He brought His people 
out and led them to the Promised 
Land, will again bring much the 
same plagues on a more worldwide 
scale as He sets His hand again the 
second time for Israel's last trek 
back home. 

When Israel left Egypt, they were 
on foot with their children, families 
and herds. It made an easy mark for 
Pharaoh and his chariots, but God 
helped Israel and the pillar of the 
cloud "came between the camp of 
the Egyptians and the camp of Is- 
rael" (Exod. 14:20). Later in re- 
minding them of their flight, God 
said: "Ye have seen what I did unto 
the Egyptians, and how I bare you 
on eagles wings, and brought you 
unto myself" (Exod. 19:4). 

God Helps Israel 

And so as Israel flees from ihe 
Antichrist, they will need help. "Woe 
unto them that are with child, and to 
them that give suck in those days" 
and "pray that your flight be not in 
the winter" (Matt. 24:19-20) be- 
cause of the difficulty in travel. So 
God will give the woman (Israel) 
"two wings of a great eagles." That 
is, He will help her like He did in 
former times, when they fled before 
Pharaoh. 

"And the serpent cast out of his 
mouth water as a flood after the 
woman, that he might cause her to 
be carried away of the flood" (Rev. 
12:15). When Israel fled from 
Egypt, Pharaoh sent his army after 
them. So when the Jews flee from 
the Antichrist, he will send his army 
after them. 



"And the earth helped the woman; 
and the earth opened her mouth, and 
swallowed up the flood which the 
dragon cast out of his mouth" (Rev. 
12:16). When Korah rebelled against 
Moses," the earth opened her mouth, 
and swallowed them up" (Num. 16: 
32), and as Israel fled from Pharaoh, 
"the earth swallowed" the host of 
Pharaoh (Exod. 15:12). And so 
here — as the Antichrist sends his 
army after the fleeing Jews, there 
will be an earthquake, or some such 
disturbance, and the earth will open 
up and destroy them. 

"And the dragon was wroth with 
the woman, and went to make war 
with the remnant of her seed" (Rev. 
12:17). Satan is raging. He has been 
losing. He struck at the man child, 
and missed; he opposed Michael and 
was cast out of heaven; he struck at 
the woman and lost. Now in terrible 
rage, he turns his efforts against the 
remaining Jews that are scattered 
over the earth. This brings on the 
"time of Jacob's trouble." A time 
so bad and so "great, so that none is 
like it" (Jer. 30:6). 

The Jews and World Peace 

Our Lord could have used no bet- 
ter word than that recorded in Luke 
(ch. 21), for indeed the nations are 
in distress and with "perplexity." 
This old world is calling for peace, 
but peace cannot come until the 
Jews are converted and have come 
into the full possession of Palestine. 
The Jews will not be converted until 
they pass through the terrible perse- 
cution of the Antichrist, and the 
Antichrist will not be revealed until 
the church is removed (II Thess. 2). 

When I was a little boy, these 
events were impossible of fulfill- 
ment for the Jews were scattered to 
the four corners of the earth and 
their national life lay buried among 
the gentiles. 

But today all is different. Today 
Israel is in her homeland. Israel is 
a recognized nation among the na- 
tions of the earth. She has her rule; 
she has her flag; she has her edu- 
cational, her financial, her political, 
her agricultural systems. Israel is 
all there — waiting — waiting. 



OUR INTERCONTINENTAL 
MISSILE 

(Continued From page 124) 

3. To launch our prayer missile, 
we must pray in accordance with ihe 

will of God. The Bible is very clear 
in this regard. "And this is the con- 
fidence that we have in him, that, if 
we ask any thing according to 
his will, he heareth us" (I John 5: 
14). There are certain things that are 
not the will of God for His own. 
There have been times when the 
saint of God has by faith looked up 
into the beautiful face of our God 
and prayed: "Lord, the going is get- 
ting rough and I have such a long- 
ing to see you face to face. Lord 
Jesus, return today." He didn't :i-e- 
turn when we asked Him to be- 
cause this prayer was not in accord- 
ance with His will. I think of the 
time when the saints of Antioch 
prayed for the release of Peter who 
was incarcerated for his stand for 
Jesus Christ. "Peter therefore was 
kept in prison: but prayer was made 
without ceasing of the church unto 
God for him" (Acts 12:5). The Lord 
heard the unceasing prayers of 
those loved ones of Peter in the 
Lord. An angel awakened Peter and 
led him to freedom. Just before this 
time James was taken at the com- 
mand of Herod and was thrust 
through with a sword. The saints 
probably prayed just as much in 
behalf of James. But the will of the 
Lord for James was that this was 
the time for his home going. Peter 
was spared in answer to prayer and 
in accordance with the will of God. 
The Lord had more work for Peter 
to do. After his incarceration the 
Holy Spirit of God used Peter to 
give us two precious books of our 
Bible. 

In the case of my friend whose life 
was spared on the battleship, God 
answered prayed. This young man 
today is an outstanding missionary 
in Africa. God promises to hear our 
prayers that are in accordance with 
His will. As for the unsaved, we 
should launch our prayer missiles in 
their behalf for their salvation. This 
is according to His will. "The Lord 
is . . . not willing that any should 
perish, but that all should come to 
repentance" (II Pet. 3:9b). Concern- 
ing the saved, we should pray for 
their consecration. God is greatly 
desirous, and it is according to His 
will, that we grow in the grace and . 
knowledge of Jesus Christ each day. 
"For this is the will of God, even 
your sanctification . . ." (I Thess. 4: 
3). 



The BRETHREN 



DREIGN MISSiON NUMBER 



YOUNG 
PEOPLE 




MARCH 1, 1958 



ICORACI 




— with potential for the future 
of the Brethren work in Brazil 



(see page 131) 



Speaking of Foreign Missions 



By Russell D. Barnard 



Let's go on! 

In recent visits to the various districts in meetings 
with pastors and church leaders, we have explained our 
foreign-mission work and plans. The resulting expression 
so frequently given has been: "Let's go on! We can't 
stop now with only 96 missionaries when so many more 
are needed." 

Our board of trustees in its recent meeting has re- 
flected this same feeling. They have stepped out by 
faith and have made some additional missionary ap- 
pointments. The job is so big that it will require the very 
best from all of us. God has done much through us; we 
must permit Him to do much more. 

We did have ten years! 

In 1947 it seemed there was very little time left in 
which to evangelize a lost world. At that time some said 
we had five years, others ten. Few, if any, saw more than 
ten years. We did have ten years. Much has been done 
during those years. For The Brethren Church four new 
foreign-mission fields have been opened, and the two 
older fields have been greatly expanded. Many thou- 
sands have been won for Christ. But time is running out! 
Even our scientists say we may have 1958, possibly 
1959, and some venture there will yet be a 1960. We do 
not know. One thing we do know, however, is that 
time is so short for the great job that is ahead of us 
if we are even to evangelize, then to teach and to train 
in our own mission areas. 

Am I dreaming? 

When I see our present mission fields with all the 
workers and all the equipment they need; when I see 
at least enough families in Germany and possibly in 
Puerto Rico to establish responsible and effective testi- 
monies in those countries, am I dreaming? 

Just to occupy our present six fields in any com- 
mendable way will require at least 16 more missionary 
families, and we should have about 38. That would 
add between $90,000 and $180,000 to our present an- 
nual expenditures. Then were we to put three families 
in both Germany and Puerto Rico, that would add an- 
other annual expenditure of between $45,000 and 
$75,000. To do all of this in addition to our present 
work, and to do it quite well, would require a total of 
between $465,000 and $582,000 per year. 

Let's dream some more! 

Surely our church membership will grow rapidly 
during the next few years. Our Sunday-school goal is for 
60,000 by 1960, and there is good reason to believe that 
we can reach it if we will. But for computation's sake 



let's consider our church membership as the same for 
the next four years. Should each member of The Breth- 
ren Church catch the vision of foreign missions as a 
great many have, and begin to give — 4 cents per day 
during 1958 we would have a total of $335,000; 5 cents 
per day during 1959 we would have a total of $420,000; 
6 cents per day during 1960 we would have a total of 
S504,000; 7 cents per day during 1961 we would have 
a total of $587,000. 

This would care for the large group of missionaries, 
and all the expansion mentioned above. Is it an un- 
reasonable thing to expect? Seven cents a day only means 
$25.55 per year for each member of The Brethren 
Church, and we have Brethren people now who are 
living on Social Security and giving more than that. 

If I'm dreaming, let me dream on! 

Decisions of general interest — 

(Note: The following items are among those on which 
decisions were made by the board of trustees of The 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church in 
their midyear meeting at the First Brethren Church, of 
Long Beach, Calif., January 27-30, 1958.) 

The "GO" sign — The "go" sign was given for the 
return of Miss Marybeth Munn. She has served one term 
in Africa, and now following an extended period of 
time finds it possible to return. Arrangements will be 
made as quickly as possible. The Thomas Julien family 
was also authorized to prepare to go to France. Mrs. 
Julien is teaching school, so it will probably be June 
or July before they can go. 

Board to be polled — The general secretary was asked ! 
to poll the board about April 1 5 relative to the appoint- 
ment of two other family units, one for Brazil and one 
for Africa. The decision at that time will depend largely 
on the first fruits of the foreign-mission offering, and on i 
the general economic conditions. 

Kabba New Testaments — Three thousand Kabba i 
New Testaments were authorized for printing. This is > 
for Africa, and will cost between $1,000 and $2,000. 

Financial matters — Our financial secretary's report ij 
showed offerings in 1957 of $293,530.99. This was a 
10.1% increase over the offerings of 1956. The total 
income from all sources including gifts, interest and J 
matured annuities for 1957 reached the highest total ;l 
in our history — $327,736.34. Expenditures, however, , 
increased even more. In 1956 our expenditures were ; 
$295,309.65, while in 1957 we reached the all-time high ^ 
of $354,914.68. 

In light of the fact that some $75,000 of our expendi- 
tures in 1957 will not need to be repeated in 1958, and 
with economy all along the way, our board believes 
we can care for all our regular expenses, send out the 
new missionaries appointed, and repay the excess ex- 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20. NUMBER 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAtrai, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943 at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $3.00 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50: foreign. $4.00. Board of 
Directors: Robert Crees, president: Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Geh- 
man. treasurer: Bryson Fetters, member-at- large to executive Committee: William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Ham- 
mers: Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Icoraci Young People 



The youth of the Icoraci church 
are showing a great deal of interest 
and, under the direction of Mrs. 
Altig, their teacher and sponsor, are 
developing spiritually. It was ar- 
ranged to take their pictures one 
Sunday and the boys were asked for 
testimonies. Presented herewith are 
pictures of the entire class (top) and 
of the boys by themselves. Three 
testimonies of the boys are given. 

Testimony of Idalino de Paula 
Lima, second row, second from left: 
"I am very happy because I am a 
believer in Jesus Christ. For me it 
has been one of the best days of my 
life despite the difficulties. But I 
will triumph as Christ triumphed. 
'I can do all things through Christ 
which strengtheneth me.' For me the 
Bible has been a treasure for my 
spiritual life. I like the Bible very 
much, but beyond liking it I am a 
student of the same. (I Tim. 1:15.) 
I kindly thank my brother in the 
faith." 

Testimony of Joao Agusto Bar- 



bosa Lima, second row, far right: 
"I give testimony that I have great 
pleasure in my life in being a be- 
liever in Jesus Christ because I my- 
self say with sincerity that in this 
world there is no other who can give 
us salvation except Jesus Christ, 
He who died on the cross of Calvary 
to liberate us from the power of sin. 

"Brethren, I can really say that I 
do not feel sorrow in my heart in 
being a believer, but I do feel joy 
because I recognize that it was He 
alone who died on the cross to free 
us from the power of Satan. May 
God bless the life of each behever 
in this world. Amen." 

Testimony of Agusto Guilherme 
Barbosa Lima, back row, second 
left: "It is with great pleasure and 
joy that I say a few words of re- 
joicing in my Saviour. 

"My dear brethren, when I had 
never heard speak of salvation by 
Christ and was still living in sin, 
without joy, without peace, without 



salvation, then the voice of a Sav- 
iour penetrated to the depths of my 
heart and I could not have rest in not 
declaring myself to the living God 
that He might give me salvation of 
my soul. One day I read in the Word 
of God that there was no other Sav- 
iour except Christ and it was to Him 
that I have given my life. Amen. 
(Acts 4:12.)" 

Several other young fellows were 
not present the day the picture was 
taken because of sickness and other 
"justified motives," as they would 
say, but this gives the idea of how 
the Lord is using His Word to 
reach the youth of this city. One of 
the fellows who wrote a testimony 
has been attending the services for 
a number of years but only accepted 
the Lord about a year and a half ago. 
The other two have been saved since 
the earliest days of the work. Keep 
praying and working for the lost 
here and in all our fields. — J. Keith 
Altig. 



penditure of $27,178.34 if we can have a 10-15 percent 
increase in offerings during 1958. To do this our of- 
ferings must be between $325,000 and $340,000. This 
can be done, and our board believes it will be done. It 
will take the full cooperation of every foreign-mission 
minded person in our Fellowship. 

Extensive building repairs — Extensive building re- 
pairs are needed, partly as a result of the tornado in 
Africa and partly through the years of service of some 
of the buildings. One grass roof has served for over 25 
years, and will now be replaced with aluminum. Some 
ten different buildings in different fields will cost al- 
most $7,000. 

New buildings — Only one was authorized from our 
general funds, and that only an addition to the Alma- 
fuerte property in Argentina. This is the Bible Institute 
center, and the growing institute makes this necessary. 
It will cost about $750. Several additional buildings 
will be built during this year at the Boguila Medical 
Center in Africa, but the government through an eight- 
miUion-franc ($40,000) subsidy is supplying the funds 
necessary for all of these buildings. No strings are at- 
tached to this grant so far as limiting our message in any 
way is concerned. 

Business agent for Africa — The board approved the 
recommendation of the field council in Africa that we 
3egin to look for some person to serve in this capacity 



in Africa. The person will need to have business ability, 
a knowledge of the Bible, and a very fine knowledge 
of French. 

Replacement teacher — When Miss Ruth Kent comes 
home on furlough it is always a very difficult thing for 
the missionary mothers to arrange for the teaching of 
the missionary children. Our board has approved a 
recommendation by the field council in Africa that we 
let the need be known, trusting that some teacher will 
offer her services on the basis that she would pay her 
own traveling expenses and the Society would care for 
her field allowance and hving quarters while she was 
on the field. 

A big program for France — Bro. Fred Fogle has a 
big program outlined for France during the coming sum- 
mer. The plan is to have at least four portable-taber- 
nacle meetings in four different cities between Lyon and 
Tours during the summer. He will have a fine French 
evangelist helping him. These meetings will cost about 
$200 each and the board has authorized the expendi- 
ture. Also, in the first of these cities Bro. Fogle plans 
to present to every home a Gospel of John along with 
the invitation to the meetings. This will cost about 
$200. Then in addition he plans to carry some news- 
paper ads in the city newspaper of Lyon. These will 
cost about $20 each, and possibly a half dozen will 
be carried. 



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44je> 



(Note: Here is a biographical 
sketch which appeared in the Trom- 
petle Evangelkjiie for Dec. 1957 — 
the first issue of this pubhcation pro- 
duced on the new offset press. Abra- 
ham is one of the African native pas- 
tors who has been used of the Lord 
in the winning of his own people. 
English translation is by Mrs. Floyd 
Taber, and drawings by Mrs. Sam- 
arin.) 





A dou mbi na ngou so, iri ;ni atene 
Lolo. Koussala ti baba ti mbi ayeke 
ti fa yaka. Kodjoni, mbi sala koua 
ti boy, na nda ni, mbi sala koua 
ti pousse-pousse. Mbi mou aouali 
Ota. 

Mbi yeke goue na Bozoum na 
pousse so ti ho na Bangui, mais 
tonga na mbi si na Bozoum, mbi 
yeke ho ti mou legue ti Yaloke. 
Anda, Monsieur Foster ato mbeni 
jo ti fa tene, si ala ouara mbi na 
legue, si ala fa tene na mbi, si mbi 
ma na be. 

Tonga no mbi kiri aoue, mbi 
sala kete da ti Nzapa. Ajo acom- 
mence ti ga. Mbi fa tene ti Nzapa 
na ala na 1930. Na ngou ti 1931 mbi 
goue na Fort Crampel na nguinza 
ti dime na offrande, na ti gui mbeti 
ti Nzapa. Nda ni, tonga na mbi 
kiri aoue, ato mbi catechiste ti 
Crampel ni na Bouca ti fa tene 
juska, mgbii. 

Na ngou ti 1942, si mbi ga diacre 
— na ti ancien-pasteur na 1947 na 
ngou ti Monsieur Barnard aga na 
ni so. Fade so, ouali ti mbi gui oko, 
ta ouali so Nzapa amou na mbi. 



I was born in the year the name 
of which was Lolo. The work of my 
father was to make garden. At first, 
I did the work of a boy, and after- 
wards, I did the work of a push-boy. 
I took three wives. 

I was going to Bozoum with this 
push to go on to Bangui, but when 
I arrived at Bozoum, I was going on 
to take the road to Yaloke. Behold, 
Mr. Foster sent certain preachers 
that they might find me on the way, 
and explain the affair to me, that I 
might believe. 

When I returned home, I built a 
small house of God. Men began to 
come. I showed the affair of God 
to them in 1930. In the year 1931 
I went to Fort Crampel with the - 
money of the tithes and offerings, 
and to find a book of God. Later, 
when I had returned, they sent me 
a catechist of Crampel to Bouca to > 
preach for a long time. 

(It was) in the year 1942 that I 
became a deacon — and an elder- 
pastor in 1947, in the year Mr. Bar- 
nard came (in it). Now, my wife (is) 
only one, the true wife which God I 
gave to me. 



Trumpets in the Black 

By William J. Samarin 



A cute little colored girl in Los 
Angeles was once asked by Jack 
Green, now serving the Lord among 
the Russian Molokan young people 
of that city, what was her favorite 
color. (Since he was building up to 
tell the Wordless-Book story, he 
was hoping that it was white.) "Mah 
favrite colo'," she answered — much 
to his surprise and dismay, "is 
black." 



Black is not the favorite color 
among Africans, however. The long, 
flowing cotton gowns worn by 
women are colorful and attractive. 
The greens and reds and yellows go 
especially well with their dark skins. 
The men are not too much outdone 
by the women either. Trousers of 
forest green or flamingo pink are 
striking but not uncommon. 

The African attraction by color 



and design is finally to be exploited 
for the propagation of the Gospel. 
The new offset press, run by printer- 
missionary, Don Spangler, is pre- 
pared to start out with yellow, green, 
blue and red, as well as black. Al- 
though colored ink has always been 
available, the old hand-press could 
not use it so effectively as the versa- 
tile offset press recently installed in 
the new press building on the Bible 



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OPERATION PRESS 



By Donald A. Spongier 



"So they read in the book in the 
law of God distinctly, and gave the 
sense, and caused them to imder- 
stand the reading" (Neh. 8:8). 

It is almost impossible to realize 
the hunger of the African for read- 
ing matter as soon as he learns to 
read. And daily there is an even- 
greater number learning to read. 
When we were asked at the Port- 
land conference to come to Africa 
to set up and run a printing press, 
little did we realize the magnitude of 
the job. Of course, we were full of 
ambition and ideas, and visualized 
setting up what would be a model 
print shop. We started looking for 
good used equipment and right away 
were made to realize that a few of 
the things we wanted would have to 
wait a few years. But the Lord 
was good to us (as He always is 
when we listen to Him and obey 
His will), and we made some good 
contacts with suppliers. The best 
used press we could find was priced 
very high for our limited budget, and 
new presses were out of the question. 



So we decided to wait until we 
reached France to see if we could 
find a European press that would be 
reasonable. We had heard that every- 
thing was cheaper in Europe. 

We did buy a used camera, 
though that has been the subject of 
quite a little humor. When it ar- 
rived, it was more than ten men 
could unload. We had to back the 
truck up to a tree, fasten a cable to 
crate and tree, and drive out from 
under it. 

While in France we found a press 
manufactured in England which 
looked ideal for our purpose and 
which was very inexpensive. So, we 
went to London, bought the press 
and took a ten-day course in main- 
tenance and operation. For those 
who are acquainted with printing, 
it is similar to the A. B. Dick offset 
press, turning out between four and 
five thousand impressions an hour. 
It is very simple to operate, and we 
feel that it is the best for use in our 
climate and considering other local 
conditions. We took pains to see that 



the press would be shipped in time 
to reach Douala so that the Wil- 
liamses could pick it up. They were 
going that way to get a Volkswagen 
which had been purchased for the 
Roy Snyders. This would have saved 
us transport charges in from there, 
but alas, the ship was delayed some- 
where and we got the press two 
months later. 

When we arrived at Bozoum they 
were laying the foundation for the 
new press building. Formerly they 
had been using a room next to 
Wayne Beaver's office for a print 
shop. We got to help with the build- 
ing, and got an "education" along 
with it. Finally the building was 
completed and we moved in. Our 
little (?) camera (after I cut three 
feet off the length) completely 
filled one end of the room. The old 
press, which Noah must have de- 
signed while still in the ark, is still 
serviceable for small jobs that are 
short runs. But the type! We were 
supposed to have a good supply, but 

(Continued on page 135) 



[nstitute concession near Bozoum. 

With very little extra work Broth- 
er Spangler will be able to do two 
and three-color jobs with the alumi- 
num or paper plates that are used 
with this press. The Africa Mis- 
sion is finally equipped to pubhsh at- 
tractive tracts, illustrated Bible 
stories, and even photographic re- 
productions. 

The pioneering on the press is 
being done by the TrompeMs Evan- 
geljque, the first monthly magazine 
in the Sango language. Started in 
January of 1957 (see "Trumpet in 
the Dark," Brethren Missionary 
Herald, Aug. 3, 1957) and pubhshed 
for ten months on the mimeograph 
machine at the Bellevue (Bossangoa) 
station, the Trompette has outgrown 
the mimeograph stage. Neat, clear, 
handsomely illustrated copies are 



now being pubhshed on the press. 

The December issue of the Trom- 
pette has a brief biographical sketch 
of Pastor Abraham Yahngui, of 
Bouca, along with a hand-drawn 
portrait of him. Other features in- 
clude news about the terrible flu 
epidemic that so cruelly treated the 
Africans, an article on medicines, a 
Banda fable as told by Pastor Ya- 
lingui, a song about Saul's conver- 
sion, and two articles on Christmas. 

Subscriptions for the year 1958 
have been taken at the various dis- 
trict Bible conferences to insure a 
minimum circulation of 3,000. These 
are being bought for the most part 
by the Christian workers whose 
hunger for knowledge has been 
aroused by the Bible schools they 
have attended. Uninterrupted, per- 



sistent publication of a pleasing 
Trompette will eventually overcome 
the lack of interest of much of the 
rest of the literate population. It 
will, in fact, stimulate them to learn 
to read, and to read for the purpose 
of learning something. 

The text of the Trompette will 
continue to be printed most of the 
time in black. But it cannot run itself 
in the black. Supphes of paper and 
ink, as well as funds for labor, must 
always be available if the Trompette 
is going to stay out of the red. 

To keep the Trompette trumpet- 
ing and to keep the press rolling to 
supply the African church with 
readable, appeahng literature de- 
pends on substantial contributions 
from faithful, interested Brethren in 
the States. 



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IFIHIl ©ECniLPIEEM'l 

Clyde K. Landrum, Director 



Thanks for your pictures! A 

goodly number of our missionary 
helpers sent pictures of themselves in 
answer to our letter recently. They 
are nice too. I'm glad for all of them 
and plan to use them. If you didn't 
send yours, better get on the ball 
and send it right away. How did you 
like that souvenir from Africa? 
Maybe some of you didn't get one. 
If you were a member of the Mis- 
sionary Helpers Club, you did. Bet- 
ter join now 'cause next month we 
are going to send every member of 
the Missionary Helpers Club a 
souvenir from — France or maybe 
Mexico! Write in now for your 
membership card. 




It's fun to build a hut-bank vil- 
lage!! These youngsters from the 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church, at 
Beaumont, Calif., seem very happy 
with theirs, don't they? Perhaps your 



Lots of Birthdays! 



Yes, lots of Junior Missionaries 
have birthdays in March — 11 in 
all. I know our missionary helpers 
wiU want to remember them in 



prayer. In our praying let us thank 
the Lord for these Junior Mission- 
aries, and also pray that He will use 
them in reaching other boys and 
girls for Christ. 



Lorraine Edmiston — Mar. 4, will be 1 year old — in Mexico. 
Kenneth Churchill — Mar. 5, will be 11 years old — in Argentina. 
Vema Dunning — Mar. 10, will be 13 years old — in Africa. 
Judith Kennedy — Mar. 16, will be 5 years old — in Africa. 
Beckie Fogle — Mar. 17, will be 10 years old — in France. 
Thomas Howard — Mar. 17, will be 5 years old — in Mexico. 
James Zielasko — Mar. 17, will be 3 years old — in Brazil. 
Barbara Miller — Mar. 18, will be 7 years old — in Africa. 
John Howard — Mar. 20, will be 12 years old — in Mexico. 
Paul Goodman — Mar. 25, will be 7 years old — in Africa. 
Diana Taber — Mar. 25, will be 4 years old — in Africa. 

MARY MISSIONARY— 



pastor and Sunday-school teacher 
will help you to make such a village 
on the day the hut banks are brought 
in. Let's see how many of our mis- 
sionary helpers will bring in a 
"full bank." and how nice a hut- 
bank village you can make. If you 
make a real good one, please take 
a picture of it and send it to the 
Children's Page. Thanks, kids! 



It was good to see you! Yes, on 
my recent trip through the North- 
west, California, and the Midwest 
I saw many of our missionary help- 
ers. It was real good to see you and 
to talk to you. I am always glad to 
see you. This month I will be see- 
ing some of you in the Southeast, 
Mid-Atlantic, and Northern Atlantic 
Districts. I'll be looking forward to 
seeing YOU!! 



you KNOW, HARRy, 
I LIKB THIS HUT 
BANK/ 




TWO THIWGS, HARRY- FIRST, 
I WAS THINKING - IT'S A 
REMINDER OF MISSIOWARV 

WORK 
AROUND 

THE 

WORLD- 




WELL, 



IT'S THROUGH 
MY HUT BANK 
THAT I CAN 
Give MY MONEy 
TO HELP PA'/ 
FOR THAT 
MISSIONARY 
WORK,/ 




SAY, YOU'VE HELPED 
ME A LOT, MARy// 
AFTER THIS, SEEING 
A HUT BAMI 
WILL MAKE 
ME PRAY 
AND GIVE ! 




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What Are Little Boys Made Of? 



By Miss Rosella Cochran 



What are little boys made of? In 
Africa the ingredients do not include 
red beets or granulated cane sugar. 
It is only the little boy who has 
close contact with the missionary 
who may be lucky enough to have 
a beet can for a drinking cup and a 
sugar box for a "sac" in which to 
keep his prized possessions — which 
may include scraps of paper, strings, 
or numerous other objects which one 
might find in a little boy's pocket 
anywhere in the world. 

A boy is a boy no matter where 
he lives. If he is a normal boy, he is 
a bundle of boundless energy. He 
loves a ball and animals and dislikes 
bath water and girls. But seriously, 
what is the status of a little African 
boy? Physically, he has something 
like a 50-50 chance of growing up to 
be a man. His protuding abdomen 
is often caused by intestinal or uri- 
nary parasites. These parasites, 
along with malaria, are often re- 
sponsible for his "thin" blood and 
low resistance to the many diseases 
lurking about in the unsanitary con- 
ditions of village life. If he is for- 
tunate enough to live near a dis- 
Densary, his chances for survival are 
greatly increased. 

A little African boy is one of 
aod's creatures. He is as precious in 
;he Lord's sight as a child who has 
lad every opportunity that science 
md education can afford. He doesn't 




have much of this world's goods, but 
he has a soul and some day some- 
one will be responsible for the salva- 
tion of that soul. Might that some- 
one be you? 

We as missionaries are able to 
meet the needs of African boys (and 
girls) in many ways. First and fore- 
most, we have come to preach and 



to teach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 
Christ which is the "power of God 
unto salvation to every one that be- 
lieveth." By the way of the educa- 
tional program we can so prepare 
him that he may be able to read and 
study the Word of God. By spending 
his formative years in a Christ- 
centered school, he is better pre- 
pared to heed the instruction to 
"put on the whole armour of God, 
that ye may be able to stand against 
the wiles of the devil." And cer- 
tainly the medical worker can have 
a part in meeting the need. If a 
little diseased and weakened body 
can be restored to health and 
strength through the means of sym- 
pathetic medical care, can this not 
redound to the glory of God? 

We as missionaries have a part in 
the "making" of boys and girls in 
this land of Africa. But we cannot 
function without you. Without 
prayer we can accomplish nothing. 
You can pray. Without funds we 
cannot maintain or expand the 
work. You can give. If there are no 
replacements or additions to our 
personnel, the present plans for ihe 
mission cannot be carried through. 
If you are one the Lord has chosen 
for missionary service, you can go. 

This httle boy, Timothy, and so 
many more just like him, need you. 
You wouldn't let the little guy down, 
would you? Pray! Give! Go! Tell! 



OPERATION PRESS 

(Continued from page 133) 

vhen I looked it over I found we had 
mly two styles and about three 
izes. Our paper cutter will only cut 
ip to 19-inch width, so that means 
ve have to buy our paper in smaller 
izes, which is more expensive. 

We have been in operation a 
nonth now and I have to smile at 
he comparison of some of our 
)lans and the actual experience. We 
vere told before leaving the States 
hat native labor was cheap, that it 

Aarch 1, 1958 



didn't pay to use some of the ma- 
chinery common to a print shop. 
Well — last week it took our type- 
setter two days to set a job that 
Bro. Jesse Deloe would have set by 
hand in two hours. And it took two 
men four and one-half days to as- 
semble and staple 3,000 copies of 
the "Trompette" (two sheets 8 1/2 by 
13) using a hand stapler. If this 
job had been folded, it would have 
taken double the time. And cheap? 
On every job so far the labor has 
amounted to more than the ma- 
terials, even after they have been im- 
ported. 



We still have the same ambition 
and are still full of ideas. Some 
have had to be revised, and some 
postponed, but we hope to put most 
of them into effect eventually. In 
fact, as soon as we get a steady 
flow of material to print, we will 
be compelled to make some kind 
of arrangements for handling the 
work faster before and after it is 
actually on the press. It is truly a 
great challenge to us, and we are 
glad the Lord has called us to it. 
We still have many problems to 
overcome, and we ask you to pray 
for us continually. 

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African Brethren Church Dedicated 

By Roy B. Snyder 



December 15, 1957, is a day well 
remembered at Bouca! On that date 
the first permanent church building 
there was dedicated to the Lord. 
Services had always been held in a 
mud-block chapel with grass roof 
which had to be repaired and re- 
roofed quite often. 

Just one year ago the Christians 
met and decided to build a baked- 
brick church with an aluminum roof. 
The town was divided into five 
areas, each area being responsible 
for making bricks one day a week. 
The women carried the water and 
the men mixed the mud and made 
the bricks. Competition was keen. 
One group made over 5,000 bricks 
in one day. After the bricks were 
made, it was necessary to build the 
brick ovens, then cut wood to fire 
them for three days and nights. 
When the bricks were made (near 
the river), they had to be carried to 
the building site. Following this, 
stones were dug and squared for the 
foundation. 

This brought us up to the month 
of March. All work to this point 
had been voluntary. Now it was time 
to hire masons and to begin the 
foundation (92 feet by 34 feet). The 
rest of the people spent the time at 
the river digging sand. The cement 
was then poured on the foundation 
and the walls started to go up. 

Progress was slow, but when we 
saw the rainy season closing in on 
us, we hurried to complete the walls 
and get them covered. Alas, June 13 



brought us an all-day-and-night 
storm. The back wall, which was 
almost completed, fell down to ihe 
halfway mark. The front wall 
buckled and had to be rebuilt from 
the door-top up. This was discourag- 
ing for us all. We prayed for wisdom 
and the Lord renewed the zeal of our 
workers. They went all-out to com- 
plete the walls! 

In July Brother Al Balzer and his 
crew of carpenters came to put on 
the roof structure. This was the 
most difficult job of the whole 
operation and we are thankful to ihe 
Lord for the efficiency of the "Bal- 
zer Construction Company." They 
erected seven "A" frames which are 
40 feet wide, and put on 318 sheets 
of aluminum. After the roof struc- 
ture was completed, there was a 
delay while the people worked in 
their gardens. Then came the be- 
ginning of December and the Chris- 
tians went "all out" to finish the 
work on the church for dedication on 
the fifteenth — installing windows 
and doors, making the platform, 
painting and so forth. The church 
bell was also erected. This is a gift 
from the Leamersville Brethren, 
for which thanks were expressed at 
the dedication service. 

Dedication day began at 7:30 
when the bell was dedicated and then 
rung. Scon after 8:00 the church was 
filled and overflowing — 1.608 
people gathered. (The week before 
dedication and the week following 
the attendance was over 1,400.) It 



was fitting that the dedication 
speaker was Brother C. B. Sheldon 
because he was the first missionary 
to come to Bouca, in 1934, to pre- 
sent the gospel message. Now, 23 
years later, he was called to dedi- 
cate Bouca's permanent church i 
building, seating about 1,200 peo- 
ple. A dedication offering of more 
than SI 70 was given to the Lord. 
This is amazing because this is 
the poorest time of the year with the 
soon coming of the cotton market. 
A workman's wages here is about 
one-fortieth of that of a workman 
in the States. Thus, this offering 
would seem 40 times as much to the 
African. The average amount given 
was a day's wages. 

The charge and vows were given 
to the congregation by missionary 
pastor, Roy Snyder. The dedication 
prayer was offered by the pastor i 
of the Bouca church — Abraham 
Yalingui. Due to the large crowd, 
those who made decisions were . 
asked to wait to come forward until 
the congregation was dismissed. 
There were sixty decisions, twenty ; 
receiving Christ for the first time. 

We praise the Lord for our Afri- 
can Christians who have given, i 
prayed, and worked to make this ' 
building possible. We're grateful also 
to those of you who have prayed for 
the building operations. Continue 
to pray that the Bouca church may 
be a place where souls will be saved, 
saints will be strengthened, and the 
name of our Lord Jesus Christ will 
always be glorified. 




Left: Front view of new church, with Mrs. Roy Snyder and Miss Marie Mishler; center: part of dedication-day; 

crowd; right: side view ot church. 



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Churches Showing Increase, and Amount 

of Increase in 1957 Foreign Mission 

Offering Over 1956 



1. Johnstown, Pa. (First) $2,514.69 56. 

2. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 2,327.01 57. 

3. Akron, Ohio 1,986.82 58. 

4. North English, Iowa 1,547.28 59. 

5. South Bend, Ind 1,479.86 60. 

6. Palmyra, Pa 1,416.92 61. 

7. Warsaw, Ind 1,13741 62. 

8. Sunnyside, Wash 1,067.93 63. 

9. Garwin, Iowa 1,001.74 64. 

Bellflower, Calif 987.06 65. 

Martinsburg, Pa 95210 66. 

South Pasadena, Calif 940.29 67. 

Wooster, Ohio 934.87 68. 

New Troy, Mich 876.00 69. 

South Gate, Calif 861 .55 70. 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 819.39 71. 

Osceola, Ind 748.67 72. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 727.06 73. 

Uniontown, Pa 718.52 74. 

Danville, Ohio 690.30 75. 

Winona Lake, Ind 652.80 76. 

Washington, D. C 600.04 77. 

Clayton, Ohio 580.46 78. 

La Verne, Calif 580.32 79. 

Waterloo, Iowa 570.69 80. 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 564.46 81. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 561.10 82. 

Los Angeles, Calif (Community) 511.67 83. 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 510.90 84. 

Winchester, Va 507.19 85. 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 504.00 86. 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 484.53 87. 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 471.78 88. 

Leamersville, Pa 452.04 89. 

Aleppo, Pa 449.13 90. 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 448.86 91. 

Elyria, Ohio 446.84 92. 

Berne, Ind. 446.62 93. 

Yakima, Wash 416.25 94. 

Clay City, Ind 414.14 95. 

Anaheim, Calif 391.71 96. 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 346.18 97. 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 332.63 98. 

Lansing, Mich 322.01 99. 

Hopewell, Pa 298.47 100. 

La Crescenta, Calif 294.94 101. 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 292.57 101. 

Conemaugh, Pa 285.86 103. 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 285.01 104. 

Jenners, Pa 280.46 105 

Elkhart, Ind 277.30 in^ 

Meyersdale,.Pa 277.18 ", 

Peru, Ind 271.94 '"'• 

Troy, Ohio 268.12 108. 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 262.54 109. 

March 1, 1958 



Cheyenne, Wyo 258.64 

Phoenix, Ariz 255.17 

Englewood, Ohio 25446 

Cloyhole, Ky 243.67 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 237.09 

Modesto, Calif. (McHenry Avenue) . . . 235.85 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 23368 

Boston, Mass 232.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 226.00 

San Jose, Calif 222.53 

Rittman, Ohio 182.24 

Sterling, Ohio 179.92 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 158.63 

Buena Vista, Va 137.07 

Grafton, W.Va 133.89 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 126.05 

Honolulu, T. H 125.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 102.11 

West Alexandria, Ohio 100.97 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 100.72 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights) . . . 100.66 

York, Pa 95.37 

Riner, Va 82.99 

Ankenytown, Ohio 72.29 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 71.36 

Alto, Mich 69.69 

Washington, Pa 68.69 

Harrisburg, Pa 66.29 

Dallas Center, Iowa 65.10 

Ozark, Mich 63.82 

Johnson City, Tenn 62.60 

Accident, Md 5578 

Radford, Va 55.39 

Goshen, Ind 55.26 

San Diego, Calif 54.98 

Camden, Ohio 52.08 

Findlay, Ohio 51.31 

Denver, Colo 49.90 

Berrien Springs, Mich 45.65 

San Bernardino, Calif 40.21 

Beaver City, Nebr 34.89 

Bell, Calif 33.21 

Seven Fountains, Va 29.44 

Chico, Calif 24.57 

Sharpsville, Ind 1965 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 18.48 

Allentown, Pa 16.28 

Dryhill, Ky 15.00 

Harrah,Wash 13.34 

Albuquerque, N. Mex 10.85 

Barbee Lake, Ind 9.20 

Listie, Pa 7.31 

Middlebranch, Ohio 7.22 

Cleveland, Ohio 5.62 



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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. In a 
special resolution introduced by 
Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, the Los 
Angeles Board of Supervisors de- 
clared February as "Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles Month," throughout 
the southland. The resolution point- 
ed out the fact that the historic 
organization was founded 50 years 
ago on Main Street in Los Angeles 
by a group of leading Christian busi- 
nessmen and pastors, headed by Mr. 
Lyman Stewart, also founder of the 
Union Oil Co. 



BELLFLOWER, CALIF. Chris- 
tian sympathy is extended to Rev. 
and Mrs. Raymond Thompson, 
whose eight-months-old son, John 
Mark, went to be with the Lord 
Jesus on Feb. 1 1 . Brother Thompson 
was formerly the pastor of the Mc- 
Henry Avenue Grace Brethren 
Church, Modesto, Calif., and now 
a teacher in the Brethren High 
School, at Paramount, Calif. 

NOTICE. The new address of 
Rev. L. W. Marvin is 1693 Crest- 
view Ave., San Bernardino, Calif. 
Phone: Tuxedo 86-7477. Please 
change Annual. 

aLlENTOWN, pa. The lay- 
men's rally of the Northern Atlantic 
Fellowship was held at the First 
Brethren Church Feb. 22. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
CaHfornia WMC rally was held at 
the Los Altos Brethren Church on 
Feb. 27. 

UNIONTOWN, PA. Dr. Lee 
Roberson was the main speaker at 
the Sunday school convention con- 
ducted at the First Brethren Church 
Feb. 10-11. R. Paul Miller, Jr., is 
pastor. 

ALTO, MICH. The Michigan 
District youth rally will be held at 
the Calvary Brethren Church Mar. 
14-15. 

BERRIEN SPRINGS, MICH. 
The spring WMC rally of the Michi- 







PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at 
least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker 

Alto, Mich. Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Wm. Johnson . . Lester Pifer. 

Wooster, Ohio Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Kenneth Ashman P. R. Bauman. 
Dayton, Ohio 

(First) Feb. 23-Mar. 9 Wm. Steffler Anthony Zeoli. 

Dallas Center, 

Iowa Feb. 23-Mar. 9 . Forrest Jackson Bill Smith. 

Chico, Calif. Mar. 2-9 Phillip Simmons Ward Miller. 

Waynesboro, Pa. Mar. 2-16 .. Wm. Gray Crusade Team. 

Middlebranch, 

Ohio Mar. 4-16 Wesley Haller . . . John Aeby. 

Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) . Mar. 18-30 . . Russell Ward ... Crusade Team. 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla Mar. 23-27 . Ralph Colburn . . Herbert Pugmire. 

Mansfield, Ohio . Mar. 23-Apr. 6 M. L. Myers . A. R. Kriegbaum. 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) ... Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . Jack Peters .... L. L. Grubb. 

Englewood, Ohio Mar. 30-Apr. 6 Lon Karns Lester Pifer. 

Alexandria, Va. . Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . John Burns John Whitcomb. 

Limestone, Tenn. Apr. 20-27 . . . Clarence Lackey. Lester Pifer. 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDnORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

gan District Conference will be held 
at the Grace Brethren Church Apr. 
24. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. 
Fourteen laymen from the First 
Brethren Church, of Buena Vista, 
Va., assisted in taking a religious 
census Feb. 9 in the Rutledge area 
of this city. A weekly Bible class 
is being held each Tuesday in the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Benfer, 
1815 Meadowbrook Dr., with Carl 
Key as the teacher. 

MOSCOW. Many Russians, espe- 
cially those more than 40 years old, 
are trying to give up smoking on 
physicians' orders. Broadcasters on 
health problems tell the Soviet peo- 
ple repeatedly that smoking is harm- 
ful to the heart and lungs. The medi- 
cal commentators characterize 
smoking as "an absurd survival from 
the past" and urge listeners to "use 
their will power. The Russians find 
it difficult to break the habit. 

Medical officials, in talks on the 
evils of smoking, put major emphasis 
on damage to the heart. Heart 
disease is the main cause of death in 
the Soviet Union. Antismoking 
propaganda also concerns tubercu- 
losis, which is responsible for a high 
death rate. Much less is heard about 
the incident of lung cancer in rela- 
tion to smoking. 

ONTARIO, CANADA. The Ap- 
peal Court has ruled that the Ca- 
nadian Broadcasting Company must 
stand trial for allegedly violating the 
"Lord's Day Act." The act is a 1906 
law forbidding all but necessary 
Sunday work. In addition to the 
broadcasting company, three To- 
ronto newspapers and a Toronto 
radio station, CKEY, are facing trial 
as well. Even though the broadcast- 
ing company is government-owned, 
the Appeal Court has ruled it must 
stand trial. 



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What Teen-agers Expect 
From Adults 



Nobody knows quite so well what 
teen-agers expect from adults as do 
the teen-agers themselves. Charac- 
teristically, their expectations are 
discovered in the observing of inci- 
dents and present tense circum- 
stances in their lives. Teen-agers 
usually derive their expectations 
from negative or problem occasions, 
and draw heavily upon cases rather 
than principles as would an adult. A 
part of maturity is the ability to look 
beyond the momentary event and 
see great underlying principles upon 
which to base decisions. This ma- 
turity comes slowly to be sure, and 
there is no substitute for the process 
of growing up. 

Among the expectations of the 
teen-ager, there are some outstand- 
ing items of special note. These may 
be related to basic adult concepts. 
It is this process of relating that 
makes success or failure in the life 
activity of teen-agers and adults. 
Here several of these adult concepts 
and the teen-age counterpart sug- 
gested by Christian teen-agers in 
the Brethren High School will be 
mentioned. 

A CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE 

Teen-ager: "Teen-agers expect to 
follow their parents example in what 
they do and don't do." — Boy, age 
16. 

Basic to any fine teen-age adult 
relationship is a true Christian ex- 
ample. It would not be difficult to 
prove the inconsistency of adult ex- 
ample. The importance of this ex- 
ample is so seldom realized that it 
would be a serious error to overlook 
it here. For years and for centuries, 
the natural failures have woven 
themselves into a complex veil of in- 
consistency. It is difficult and per- 
haps impossible with one pull of the 
thread to unravel it. It is not so 
easily undone. There is, however. 




something we can say at this point. 
Nothing can ever take the place of 
a Christ-centered example as it con- 
tinually asserts itself before a teen- 
ager. 

A VITAL EXPECTATION 

Teen-ager: "As a teen-ager, I 
want to be able to go to an adult 
who will try to help me and not just 
tell me what I am doing wrong. After 
I understood, everything would be 
fine." — Girl, age 16. 

A busy adult and a questioning 
youth are a poor combination. An 
adult with unsubstantiated stand- 
ards or ill-thought reason is again 
not much help. There is something 
wonderful, and of great prospect, 
about a youth that wants to know 
"why" as regards something good or 
bad. Their ability to discover stand- 
ards based upon the truth of God 
and put them to good use in life 
depends upon the ability of adults to 
make our explanations of truth 
meaningful and vital. This abihty 
can only come as we are well 
taught concerning the mind of God 
as seen in the Holy Scripture, and 
then as we are able to clearly pre- 
sent God's truth to young people. 



CHAET Of i 50UL 




By John W. Mayes 

Pastor, Paramount Brethren Church 

Paramount, Calif. 



A WHOLEHEARTED 
ENCOURAGEMENT 

Teen-ager: "When teen-agers do 
something like sports, plays, or spell- 
ing contests, I think the adults 
should encourage them by going 
with them, or by going to see them. 
They should also tell them of their 
interest."- — Girl, age 16. 

Every Christian is desirous of se- 
lecting those activities which are 
fitting for the teen-agers with whom 
they work. Naturally, parents are 
especially so. Too many parents 
give their teen-agers the impression 
that they are not interested in their 
activities until all of a sudden they 
become very interested in some 
questionable thing. The feeling of 
resentment which follows might have 
been predicted by the parent, for it 
was certain to arise. 

Everyone interested in teen-agers 
can profit by remembering that teen- 
agers appreciate being watched and 
enjoyed. Furthermore, they expect 
this appreciation, and why shouldn't 
they when every little motion has 
been noticed since they started to 
coo. 

Often a problem arises, for teen- 
agers actions are sometimes a bit 
childish. An honest evaluation of 
such childishness, if it is below the 
actual age -level pattern which ought 
to be theirs, will be cheerfully ac- 
cepted if there is with it a whole- 
hearted encouragement of the worth- 
while things they do. 

A WILLINGNESS TO BE 
ONE OF THEM 

Teen-ager: "An adult who laughs 
and jokes with the kids at the right 
time, and then makes them get down 
to business at the right time and 
reaUy gets across what he is teach- 

(Continued on page 143) 



March 7, 7958 



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By Arthur Pekarek 



Invaluable Inventory 



The wise businessman begins his 
inventory at the beginning of the 
year. It helps him to see how his 
business has progressed; it helps 
him to evaluate the future in terms 
of the past. The word January is 
derived from the Greek god Janus 
who had two faces looking opposite 
directions (forward and backward). 
We as Christians need to take our 
"hats off" to the past, and "coats 
off" to the future. As we look at the 
past we see failures; as we look at 
the present we see frustrations; as we 
look at the future we may see fa!- 
terings (that is, if we look through 
our own eyes). But I think the 
Apostle Paul gives us the formula for 
inventory in these three aspects: past, 
present, and future, as we note his 
desires and ambitions for the Lord 
in Philippians 3:13-14. First, we 
see his — 

RETROSPECT 

Laurels forgotten. 

"Forgetting those things which 
are behind" (Phil. 3:13). Paul was 
not one to "glory" in the past, to 
live on past laurels. As he mentions 
in verse 3, we 'rejoice [glory] in 
Christ Jesus, and have no confi- 
dence in the flesh." Certainly, if 
anyone could glory in the things 
of the flesh, it would have been the 
apostle because he mentions his 
attainments in verses 5 and 6. Yet, 
his conclusion was that those things 
were but "loss for the excellency of 
the knowledge of Christ Jesus." 

Leeks forsaken. 

Paul was never the IsraeUte who 
wished for the "leeks and the 
onions" of Egypt (world). Paul was 
raised in a wealthy family and had 
great attainments of this material 
world. He was trained at the feet 
of the great Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). 
He was reared in the intellectual 
center of Tarsus, the seat of a fam- 
ous school of philosophy. But all of 
this fame, fun, and fortune soon 



sunk into oblivion as the great 
apostle said: "I count them but 
dung [refuse], that I may win Christ" 

(V. 8). 

Loads laid aside. 

Paul was certainly one who laid 
aside the weights of sin and things 
that so easily beset him to run the 
race that was set before him. As Paul 
retrospects, he uses the metaphor 
of the runner in the race (Heb. 12: 
1-2; I Cor. 9:24-25). No race has 
ever been won on past laurels; no 
race has been won by attainment of 
the leeks of this world; and cer- 
tainly none has been won by drag- 
ging along the weights. 

No runner could ever eff2ctively 
run the race by looking back. We 
must be as the apostle — "forget- 
ting those things which are behind." 
A great world champion mile-run- 
ner lost his greatest race by looking 
behind. The greatest race of history 
was finally brought to pass in Eng- 
land just a few months back between 
Roger Bannister, of England, and 
John Landy, of Australia, the only 
two runners who ran the mile in less 
than four minutes practically every 
time. The race was set; the best were 
on; who would win the race? Thou- 
sands of people attended this exhi- 
bition! The gun sounded! Off went 
Landy like a shot! Bannister trailed 
behind! Both were straining every 
muscle they had to win this great 
race! Landy continued to keep the 
lead! Bannister, try as he might, 
could not even catch him! Finally, 
they were coming into the final 
stretch! The crowd, now hysterical, 
stood up in the stands! Roger seemed 
to gain a step or two! The crowd 
cheered him on! Then, Landy did a 
terrible thing! He looked behind to 
see where his opponent was! Roger 
closed a few more steps! The crowd 
roared! They cheered Roger so much 
that, again, Landy looked behind 
just a few feet from the finish line! 
Roger closed the gap and nosed 



across the finish line to win the race! 
A new record was set! Landy com- 
mitted the most unpardonable sin 
in this track event; he could not 
even give the reason why he had 
done it! We, too, are running a race, 
but for an incorruptible crown, so 
let us forget the things that are be- 
hind. 

As the apostle takes note of the 
present, we see his — 

INTROSPECT 

"Reaching forth unto those things 
before." The words "those things 
which are before" are literally the 
words for "at this very time that are 
directly in front of." Paul shows 
real earnestness and constraint in 
the words "reaching forth." He fully 
brings out the meaning in II Co- 
rinthians 4:14 as he states that the 
"love of Christ constraineth me," or 
literally "gets behind me and 
pushes." Using again the metaphor 
of the runner, Fm afraid there are 
too many Christians who have never 
known this constraining power. 
There are three different kinds of 



Shade-stand Runner. 

This is the typical runner who 
has not been too enthusiastic in his 
endeavor. As he runs along the track 
he sees a nice shady spot to sit down 
and rest a bit. Some even fall asleep; 
some never wake up! I wonder, 
Christian, are you weary? Are you 
tired? Are you taking the whole 
load? Paul says "to bear one an- 
other's burdens." If that load has 
not left you after you have commit- 
ted it to Him, then find a spiritual 
brother who can help you. 

Malt-stand Runner. 

This is the typical runner who has 
gorged himself on the cares of this ' 
world. This runner is running a fain 
race until he sees the malt stand 
of materiaUsm. The apostle didn't t 

(Continued on page 143) 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald I 



By Sheldon W. Snyder* 



CONVERSION 



"Jesus answered and said unto him. Verily, verily, I sav unto thee. Except a man be born again, 
he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). 



Conversion is the act of turning 
from sin or error to truth and right- 
eousness. The sinner is afraid of 
God; therefore, he does not wish to 
meet Him. The human heart is evil 
and God is holy. Darkness cannot 
dwell with light; therefore, a change 
is necessary. This change is called, 
among other things, conversion, a 
turning right-about face, new birth, 
or a new creation. 

Conversion is not religion. It was 
to Nicodemus that Jesus said: "Ye 
must be born again." Nicodemus 
was a Pharisee, a strict religionist. 
He celebrated the Passover, paid 
tithes, said prayers, brought sacri- 
fices, and tried to keep the Law, and 
it was to Him Jesus said: "Ye must 
be born again." Keeping of the Law, 
going to church, being rehgious, 
being baptized, joining a church, 
living up to some religious creed 
will not save you. There will be 
multitudes in hell who did all these 
things. "Ye must be bom again. ' 

Conversion is not mortality You 
may try to keep the golden rule, pay 
your bills, be a good neighbor, be a 
good husband or wife, and be good 
to your family, but that will not save 
you. Morality is good but it will not 
save you. 

Conversion is not reformation. 
Even if you do quit your meanness 
and gossiping, and control that bad 
temper, that would not be the new 
birth. Your trouble is not on the 
outside, but on the inside. You do 
not need exterior decoration, but in- 
terior generation. The Devil wants 
you to rest in a false peace. I would 
warn you, do not be satisfied unless 
you know you have been bom again. 
Without the new birth, you are as 
lost as the heathen who bow to 
idols. God pity you if you die in 
hat condition. 

•Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Hopewell, Pa. 



Conversion is not a physical 
change; yet, it will bring some 
changes in your physical makeup. 
You remain the same man or wom- 
an after as before conversion, though 
you will have changed masters and 
have a different object in view. To 
be converted or "born again" means 
to become a partaker of divine na- 
ture (I Pet. 1:4), to turn from self 
and idols to serve the living and vrue 
God (I Thess. 1:9). 

Conversion is a mystery you can't 
explain, but a reality that no man 
can explain away. "The wind blow- 
eth where it listeth, and thou hearest 
the sound thereof, but thou canst 
not tell whence it cometh, and 
whither it goeth: so is everyone that 
is born of the spirit" (John 3:8). 
Just as Nicodemus could not under- 
stand nor explain the wind, so :ao 
man can understand nor explain the 
new birth. Modernists and infidels 
claim the new birth is just "an 
emotional experience," and when 
they get through explaining the new 
birth there isn't anything left of it. 

But thank God, no matter what 
the infidels and Modernists say, the 
new birth is a reality that no man 
can explain away! Ask the man who 




has been born again if there is .any- 
thing to it. 

Conversion or being bom again 
means a turning from sin to Jesus 
Christ. Acts 8:3 tells us of Saul 
making havoc of the church, enter- 
ing into houses, hailing men and 
women, and committing them to 
prison, but after Saul met the Lord 
Jesus on the road to Damascus and 
was converted, we read in Acts 
9:20: "And straightway he preached 
Christ in the synagogues." Conver- 
sion makes the believer a child of 
God. "Beloved, now are we the 
sons of God, and it doth not yet 
appear what we shall be: but we 
know that, when he shall appear, 
we shall be like him; for we shall 
see him as he is" (I John 3:2). Then, 
who can be a child of God? "But 
as many as received him, to them 
gave he the power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that be- 
lieve on his name" (John 1:12). 

The result of conversion should 
be the glad experience of being 
"bom again," saved, dehvered from 
the penalty of sin, and given grace 
day by day to overcome the power 
of sin. Some glad day — it may be 
real soon — our Saviour the Lord 
Jesus Christ shall appear to receive 
His own, delivering them from the 
very presence of sin, then to spend 
the ceaseless ages of eternity in His 
presence. 

God performs mighty works 
when a person turns in faith to 
Christ and receives Him as his per- 
sonal Saviour. God does all this at 
the moment one is saved, without 
any human assistance or human ef- 
fort. The work He accomplishes 
stands forever. God is pleased to 
do all this to every one who re- 
ceives His Son Jesus Christ by faith. 
He is "not willing that any should 
perish, but that all should come to 
repentance" (II Pet. 3:9). 



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The Mightiest Weapon 



By Edward Bowman'* 



We read in Ephesians 6:18 the 
words of the Apostle Paul: "Pray- 
ing always with all prayer and sup- 
plication in the Spirit, and watching 
thereunto with all perseverance and 
supplication for all saints." In this 
great epistle, beginning with verse 10 
of chapter 6, our attention is called 
to the fact that every child of God 
is engaged in spiritual warfare. It is 
a constant battle against the un- 
seen powers of Satan and his wicked 
hosts. God has provided for us 
every piece of armor in order that we 
may win the victory over the un- 
seen enemy. The victory is ours 
through the Lord Jesus Christ if we 
use the armor which has been pro- 
vided for us. However, God's ar- 
mor cannot be used effectively 
against the foe apart from the power 
of prayer. Paul had learned that 
his greatest battles were won when 
he was on his face before God in 
prayer. The greatest weapon God 
has placed in the hands of His peo- 
ple is the power of prayer. Several 
truths concerning prayer in this text 
should be of help — 

Pray About Everything 

"Praying always with all prayer 
. . . ." God has given every be- 
liever the wonderful privilege of 
bringing everything to Him in 
prayer. How often we fail to do this. 
We find ourselves praying about 
some things, but we do not pray 
about everything. We may make the 
mistake of waiting until difficulty 
arises before presenting the matter 
to the Lord. Our God is interested in 
everything that touches our lives. 
For this reason, He wants us to pray 
about every matter that concerns us. 
In Philippians 4:6 we read: "In 
everything by prayer . . . ." Our great 
God and Heavenly Father is just 
as much concerned about the little 
things in our lives as we are con- 
cerned about the big things. Re- 



*■ Pastor. First Brethren Church 
Clay City. Ind. 



member, not even one hair falls from 
our head without his knowing it. 

George Mueller, a man of |aith 
and prayer, learned to trust God 
in everything. Hs honored the Lord 
by praying about little matters which 
might seem trivial to other Chris- 
tians. One day Arthur T. Pierson 
sat with George Mueller. He was 
telling Mr. Pierson of some of the 
wonderful things God had done for 
the orphanage at Bristol in answer 
to prayer. As Mr. Mueller talked, 
he was writing and was having dif- 
ficulty with his pen point. Right in 
the midst of the conversation he 
seemed to lose sight of his visitor, 
bowed his head for a moment in 
prayer, and then began writing 
again. Mr. Pierson said: "Mr. Muel- 
ler, what were you praying about 
just now?" "Oh," Mr. Mueller said, 
"perhaps you didn't notice that I 
was having trouble with this pen 
point. I haven't another, and this is 
an important letter. I was asking the 
Lord to help me so that I could write 
it clearly." Here was a man who 
could trust God for great things and 
also pray about small matters. We 
would do well to learn the same les- 
son. 




Ranger Radio Tower, Fillmore. Calif. 



Pray in the Spirit 

Note the words in the text: 
"Prayer and supplication in the 
Spirit." What did the Apostle Paul 
mean by "prayer in the Spirit"? Is 
all praying or all of our prayers in 
the Spirit? We can pray in the Spirit 
only as our lives are filled and con- 
trolled by the Holy Spirit. In order 
to pray in the Spirit, we must have 
the mind of Christ. Our affection, 
mind, and heart must be centered 
upon the Lord Jesus Christ. If we 
pray in the Spirit, our prayer will 
be in accord with the will of God. 
We will pray for the right thing and 
all the glory will go to the Lord. 
Our prayer will not be selfish. 

Fray for One Another 

Note the words, "for all saints; 
and for me." There is a great need 
today among Christians to hold one 
another up in prayer. If believers 
were more faithful in praying for 
one another, there would be less 
schism and quarreling among them. 
When the weaker brother stumbles, 
he needs the prayers and help of his 
brethren. 

Also, the minister needs prayer. 
Paul said: "And for me, that utter- 
ance may be given unto me, that I 
may open my mouth boldly, to 
make known the mystery of the 
gospel." If the Apostle Paul needed 
the prayers of the saints that he 
might be empowered to do the work 
of the Lord, how much every serv- 
ant of God needs their prayers to- 
day. The ministry of the pastor will I 
be far more effective if his congrega- 
tion prays for him daily. Prayer will I 
put the power into the preaching of' 
the Word as the preacher stands inr 
the pulpit. 

Brethren, let us not neglect prayer: 
in these busy days in which we find[ 
ourselves. Someone said: "If we are< 
too busy to pray, we are too busy."' 
Bring everything to God in prayer;" 
pray in the Spirit; pray for one an- 
other. 



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WHAT TEEN-AGERS EXPECT 
FROM ADULTS 

(Continued from page 1 39) 

ing by answering questions, and so 
forth, is very much liked and re- 
spected by the teen-agers." — Girl, 
age 15. 

To be an adult and to be a teen- 
ager both is most difficult. Some 
one has said: "If you want to stay 
young, stay with young people and 
if you want to die young, try to 
keep up with them." Such a hazard- 
ous venture is hardly necessary. 
Young people do not expect an older 
person to be young again. They do 
expect that adults might partake 
with them in the best part of their 
normal youth. Teen-agers' lives are 
vibrant and exploratory. They are 
finding the good things toward 
which they have been growing since 
childhood. The world is naturally 
bent toward their ruination, and the 
Christian teen-ager is able to ap- 
preciate this. The joy which an 
adult finds in the teen-ager's life, 
activities, and circle of friends, 
gives the teen-ager concrete evi- 
dence from his exploration that the 
life of his adult friend is good and 
that he need not fear growing up to 
be like that friend. 

A BALANCE AND 
CONSISTENCY 

Teen-ager: "A teen-ager likes to 
have things other teen-agers have, 
like a car. Some parents say 'No' be- 
cause they can't afford it. Then when 
the teen-ager works hard at a job 
to get his own money for it, the 
answer is still 'No' and the teen- 
ager knows that the first reason was 
not the truth." — Boy, age 14. 

This matter of consistency is a 
full-time job. It must be worked at 
all the time. Adults must not, on the 
spur of the moment, give reasons 
which may pass away while intend- 
ing to hold to the belief they sup- 
ported. Being very practical, some of 
the poor reasons for rejection of 
worldly amusements have caused 
teen-agers a great deal of consterna- 
tion. Every reason should be in 
Iceeping with all else we hold and 
Jvery statement true without fear of 
:ontradiction as much as is humanly 



INVALUABLE INVENTORY 

(Continued from page 140) 

let the cares of this world choke out 
his endeavor of coming to "know 
Him, . . . and the fellowship of His 
suffering." Paul looked for that 
greater material city "which had 
foundations, whose builder and 
maker was God." Brethren! This 
ought not to be even so much as 
thought of among us when we see 
the need in all phases of our denomi- 
nation alone. Never before has the 
need been so crucial; we have mis- 
sionaries that are ready to go to the 
foreign fields, and no funds; we 
have young men and women to train 
in our seminary and college, but 
there is no room to take care of 
them; we have many new communi- 
ties to build new churches in 
America, but no funds to build these 
churches; we need more publica- 
tions and the use of the printed page, 
but the Missionary Herald cannot 
function on mere promises either. I 
wonder if we might take inventory 
as to what kind of runners we are? 

Grand-stand Runner. 

This is the typical runner who 
needs that proverbial "pat on the 
back." He is not doing a good job 
unless he has been lauded and vo- 
ciferously praised. Paul gives the 
rightful answer (Gal. 1:10): "Do I 
now persuade men, or God? ... for 
if I yet pleased men, I should not 
be the servant of Christ." 

Paul has given us the example to 
take inventory by Retrospection and 
Introspection, but now we see his 
third aspect of — 

PROSPECT 

"I press toward the mark for the 
prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus" (v. 14). In this verse 
Paul shows us three things that 
prospect brings — 

Persuasion. 

Paul says "I press" or "pursue" 



possible. Young people do not ex- 
pect adults to be perfect, but they 
do expect that they always be the 
same. A well-balanced outlook by 
adults is always a source of joy to 
fine teen-agers everywhere. 



onward. I believe the constraining 
power is helping him to go on for 
Christ even though his friends and 
relatives are contrary. Here is the 
reality of the "rolling-up your 
sleeves" for the future; this is what 
the Bible means by "working by 
the sweat of your face." 

Not only is there the earnestness 
about it, but there is the prospect 
of— 

Rewards. 

Paul refers to the "mark of the 
prize." Literally, he is saying the 
"goal of the reward day." Yes, my 
friends, God has a reward day that 
none of us should ever forget. We 
should yearn more to attain rewards 
or awards for Him, for we know 
these will be incorruptible and not 
fading away as the mere trophies 
of metals or present-day champion- 
ship. Furthermore, this prospect 
brings — 

External existence with Him. 

Paul says that it is a "high call- 
ing of God in Christ Jesus." Liter- 
ally, he is saying it is a "heavenly 
up-taking of God," and, naturally, 
this will be when "he shall appear 
we shall be like him; for we shall 
see him as he is" (I John 3:2). Im- 
agine! What great prospect we as 
His children have! Isn't this enough 
to make every one of us sit-up and 
take inventory? As we retrospect the 
past, we might see misery; as we 
introspect the present, we might see 
mockery; as we take prospect of the 
future, we might see a mirage, un- 
less we dedicate and consecrate our 
lives anew for Him and His service. 



FE KJEEDn'T be 5^PIY A gEV0lVlM6 DOOR 




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143 



FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Praise the Lord for steps of faith 
taken by the board in the recent 
meetings in Long Beach. Please pray 
for wisdom in carrying out the 
recommendations made. 

Pray for journeying mercies for 
Miss Florence Bickel and Miss 
Grace Byron who will be concluding 
their work in Africa and will be 
coming home to the United States 
this month. 

Pray that the French school build- 
ing at Bassai station in Africa, which 
was burned recently, may soon be 
rebuilt. 

Pray for travel safety and rich 
blessing for the missionaries in the 
rally schedule this month. 

Pray for the missionary confer- 
ence to be held at Grace Seminary 
and College Apr. 8-11. 

Pray for a Mexican young lady 
who is having to drop out of the 
Bible Institute because of ill health. 

Praise the Lord for the fine youth 
camps recently held in Argentina. 
Pray for lasting results. 

GRACE SEMINARY, COLLEGE 

Pray for the continued blessing 
of the Lord during the second se- 
mester which began Jan. 20. 

Pray for the employment situation 
among the students during this time 
when the economic situation seems 
to be on the decline. 

Pray for the building project that 
it may not be hindered because of 
lack of funds at this difficult time. 

Pray that the recent ministry of 
Dr. W. A. Ogden and Dr. P. R. 
Bauman and members of the faculty 
among our churches may prove 
beneficial to the school. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray for an increased vision on 
the part of our leaders of Sunday 
schools for the unreached multi- 
tudes. 

Pray for many attending teacher 
training classes that our teachers and 
officers may be more efficient in 
their teaching. 



Pray for the success of the "Loy- 
alty Campaign." 

Pray for the continued blessing 
of the Lord upon the entire work 
of the National Sunday School 
Board. 

Pray for the office staff as they 
begin preparation for the summer 
program for our Sunday schools. 

YOUTH— 

Pray for the young people who 
are entering the new national con- 
test. 

Pray for those who are respon- 
sible for planning the summer 
camps, and the district activities. 

Pray that the national youth 
projects goals will be met: Home 
missions: the summer missionaries. 
Foreign missions: Support of the 
Don Hocking family in Africa. 

Pray that our youth and their 
leaders will experience the suffi- 
ciency of Christ. 

LAYMEN— 

Pray for Brother Howard Vulga- 
more that the Lord will heal him 
from the accidental gunshot wounds, 
and also for Mrs. Vulgamore dur- 
ing this time of testing. 

Pray for the National Laymen's 
president, Mr. Rollin Sandy as he 
continues in college, and fulfills his 
duties as pastor of the Sidney Breth- 
ren Church. 

Pray for the past president. Mason 
Cooper, who has accepted the pas- 
torate of the First Brethren Church, 
Covington, Va. 

Pray and give to the mission of- 
fering during the next few months 
so that we will have sufficient funds 
to support our missionary layman 
in Africa, Donald Spangler; also 
pray the Lord's blessing upon his 
work as printer. 

SMM— 

Pray that each SMM girl may 
complete her goals for this year and 
help her group to be an honor so- 
ciety for the glory of the Lord. 

Pray that souls may be saved 




BRETHREN DAY OF PRAYER 
MARCH 15 



"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and 
shew thee great and mighty things, which 
thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3). 



through individual SMM groups this 
year and through the efforts of SMM 
girls in personal witnessing. 

Pray that we may reach the goal 
set for our national project this 
year, which is a car for Miss Evelyn 
Fuqua; and pray that each girl will 
try to have a part in this offering. 

WMC— 

Pray that the WMC ladies will 
realize the importance of all be- 
coming soul-winners. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray that city regulations may 
not hinder the work in Monte Vista 
and San Jose, Calif., where tempo- 
rary housing is used for church fa- 
cilities. 

Praise God for refinancing of the 
Bell Brethren Church, Bell, Calif., 
making it possible for them to be- 
come a self-supporting church. 

Pray for the new pastor, Ted I 
Malaimare, at Portland, Oregon, as • 
he assumes his first full-time pas- 
torate. 

Pray for the sale of surplus 
property at Hatboro, Pa.; Phoenix, 
Ariz.; and San Diego, Calif., to meet 
financial needs for building pro- 
grams. 

Pray for the Brethren Home Mis- , 
sion Council directors' spring meet- 
ing starting on March 17. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

Pray for the entire staff of the 
Missionary Herald as they serve in i 
this missionary endeavor. 

Praise God for the recent re- 
ports by pastors of victories won 
which have been the direct result of 
the Missionary Herald. 



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WMC NUMBER 



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In Trial .... 

Words of praise from Mrs. Russell 
Ogden for prayer on her behalf dur- 
ing her recent trial are quoted here. 
This praise is from a letter to our 
national president, who gladly 
shared it with us. 

"Words are extremely inadequate 
to express to you our deep appre- 
ciation for your concern and prayer 
on my behalf. 

"... We are grateful for the tele- 
grams (sent by our national president 
to several points the morning after 
the accident) because we sincerely 
feel that it was the prayers of God's 
people that carried me through those 
days. It was like a great mighty arm 
supporting me. 

"Last week (in January) the doc- 
tor had more X-rays taken to see 
what progress had been made. His 
comment was 'It is nothing short of 
a miracle.' He had thought I would 
have to have additional surgery on 
the lung after a few months, but the 
healing has been so remarkable he 



says it is quite certain that will not 
be necessary. 

"He told me that he thought, 
momentarily, that they had lost me 
on the emergency table, but sud- 
denly I started to respond. There is 
no doubt in my mind but that God 
heard the prayers of His children 
and spared my life. The truth of 
Romans 8:28 was not difficult for 
me to see, for almost immediately 
I could see the unfolding of His plan. 

"Being so close to death makes 
everything in life more important, 
heaven more of a reality, and Christ 
more precious. 

"The Lord was so very good to 
protect the children, and although 
they will never forget the accident, 
they haven't developed any fears as 
a result of it. 

"Please express our deep grati- 
tude to all of our ladies across the 
country who held us up in prayer. 
In His Love, 
Betty Ogden." 



From Abroad .... 

Greetings from Bangui, and in 
His wonderful name. 

Mr. Jobson and I, once again, 
wish to thank you for the beautiful 
birthday greeting received the past 
months. They are all so cheerful 
and fragrant with the messages they 
bring to us over the many miles of 
land and sea. Our hearts respond to 
all of your greetings, for they speak 
of your love to us in Christ. 



For those of you who took time 
to write letters, we want you to 
know that we are especially glad for 
the news. These items help us to 
pray more intelligently for you and 
your churches. 

We are encouraged by the prayers 
you offer on our behalf, and desire 
that you continue to remember us 
in the work here in Bangui. 

Yours in Him, 
Orville and Charlotte Jobson 



Remember 
to Pray 



for the 



National WMC 

Executive 

Committee 

Meeting 



• • 



March 18, 1958 



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at 



Winona Lake, 
Indiana 

• • • 

also 

• • e 

For our National Program 

Chairman as she compiles the 

1958-59 programs 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 10 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by ) 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, S3. 50 a year: 100-percent churches, S2.50: 75-percent churches, i 
$2.75; 50-percent churches. $3.00; foreign, $4.00. Board of Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice p'resident; William i 
Schaffer. secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Gehman. treasurer; Brvson Fetters, member-at-large to executive committee; • 
William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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How is preciousness determined? 
To the jeweler the poUshed gem is 
very precious. To the botanist, the 
fragile desert flower which the 
traveler tramples underfoot is very 
precious. 

What would be precious to the 
Lord, the creator of the imiverse, 
who flung the stars out into space; 
who wrapped the ocean in a swad- 
dling band; who buried the treasures 
deep in the heart of the earth; raised 
the rugged mountain peaks into the 
sky; put a lacy fringe on the blue 
spruce and gave the tiny snowflake 
its delicate design? What would be 
precious to God? 

He tells us in His Word. In 
Psalm 116 God speaks of the death 
of the saints as precious, for, "pre- 
cious in the sight of the Lord is the 
death of his saints." Standing in 
contrast, our Lord says in Ezekiel 
33:11: "... I have no pleasure 
in the death of the wicked." 

Why should the Lord call "pre- 
cious" something that is an enemy of 
ours? 

Let us consider His relationship 
to the saint. It may help to under- 
stand why He should say: "Pre- 
cious ... is the death of his saints." 
His relationship is described by two 
pictures: Children of God, and His 
bride. 

Saints in the world are called 
strangers and pilgrims. When a saint 
dies, the Father takes his child to 
himself. This beautiful relationship 
is pictured for us in Luke 15 in 
the parable of the son. The language 
of the parable implies that the father 
had been watching for the return 
of his child. Suddenly there appeared 
on the horizon a form that was un- 
mistakeably that of his very own. 
The record says he saw him, ran, 
fell on his neck, kissed him, and 
showered Him with affection. 

There were so many things that 
the father found impossible to do 
in the far away country. He brought 
him into the house and said to 
the servants: "Bring forth the best 
robe, and put it on him; and put a 
ring on his hand, and shoes on 
his feet." There is nothing too good 
for the child of God when he comes 
home to the Father's house. God the 

March 8, 1958 



Father loves His children. Perhaps 
this will help us to understand why 
God should say, "Precious ... is 
the death of his saints." 

The second picture is that of His 
bride. During the last war hus- 
bands and wives were often separ- 
ated. What joy filled the home when 
there was reunion. We should be 
able to partially understand God's 
attitude. He is separated from His 
bride. God looks on the death of 
the saint as taking His bride home 
close to His side. The heart that has 
long planned for and yearned for 
the loved one is now satisfied be- 
cause the objsct of His love and de- 
votion is near his side, for she had 
wandered in a foreign land where 
there were things which bid for her 
love and attention. Now, God has 
her for himself; her entire attention 
and love is focused upon Him. She 
will never be out of touch with Him 
but will remain close to His side. 

Yes; "Precious in the sight of 
the Lord is the death of his saints." 
They are truly His in death. One 
of His treasures has been brought 
to its rightful home. But what about 
those left behind? On earth death 
severs so many beautiful and pre- 
cious relationships. Does God care? 
I'm sure He does. He is not un- 
mindful that the homecoming of one 
of His treasures leaves heartache 
behind because that treasure was 
counted precious here. Surely we 
who have lost saved loved ones can 
say that we have treasures in heaven. 
What does God give us as a heal- 
ing balm for the hurt incurred by 
taking our treasure? First of all, this 
treasure will be ours to enjoy again. 
This truth is presented in different 
ways. David said at the loss of his 
son: "I shall go to him, but he shall 
not return to me." He could later go 
to his departed treasure. Peter 
speaks of saints being, ". . . kept by 
the power of God through faith unto 
salvation ready to be revealed in the 
last time." God keeps our treasure. 
Paul speaks of this truth: ". . . them 
also which sleep in Jesus will God 
bring with him ... so shall we ever 
be with the Lord." He adds this 
"wherefore comfort one another with 
these words." 




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Another balm is found in looking 
forward to the glory being prepared 
for the saints. John in his revelation 
opens the doorway and reveals the 
glories of heaven to be. ". . . and 
God himself shall be with them, and 
be their God. And God shall wipe 
away all tears from their eyes; and 



(Continued on page 148) 



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PURPOSE (con't) 



What an exciting contrast to pur- 
poselessness is purposefulness. The 
life lacking polarity is at once mis- 
erable and senseless. It is true that 
not all beligvers and unbelievers in 
Jesus Christ are without purpose. 
But in the former category, too many 
live only for self and man-sized 
goals. And, whether we like it or not, 
these turn to ashes because they are 
centered in self and flesh. Only the 
Christ-centered life is polarized, and 
thus vital. 

The longer I am married the more 
convinced am I that the successful 
marriage is not the proverbial 50-50 
proposition. Rather, it is learning to 
give, give, give, until the habit be- 
comes a grace. The polar point of 
marriage is not "What do I get out 
of this deal?" or, "For all my pains 
I get t!i£S." On such a foundation 
marriage crumbles and disintegrates. 
The polarized marriage will in- 
clude a strictly husband-wife prayer 
life. This will be a time of daily 
communion above and beyond the 
family worship period. The two who 
are "one flesh" will adhere to this 
fellowship not as some magic potion 
to cement the marriage and stave off 
trouble, or to make things easier. 
The fundamental purpose for this 
prayer life will be found in an in- 
tense love for their Father, and be- 
cause such prayer is an indispensible 
part of the foundation in marriage. 

Every heart requires comfort and 
challenge along the path of life. 
Who is better able to give these 
when needed than a husband or wife 
who has shared the bitter with the 
better down through the years? Here 
alone is, or should be, honest evalua- 
tion, purposeful understanding, and 
generous help. 

It is in the area of understanding 
one another that most marriages are 
faulty. A certain harassed husband 
asked a friend if he understood his 
wife. "I should say not," replied the 
friend rather crisply. "God doesn't 



ask me to do that. He only says I am 
to love her, and I think I do." 

This little story usually gets some 
good laughs, but I'm sure lack of 
understanding of one's mate is not 
a laughing matter. Without doubt, 
understanding is an important 
underpinning of love. If for no other 
reason, husband and wife should 
make an effort to understand one 
another because our Lord under- 
stands us in His love. "Husbands, 
love your wives, even as Christ loved 
the church, and gave himself for it" 
(Eph. 5:25). 

This matter of understanding may 
not be an easy assignment, but it is 
certainly an implied obligation of 
love. There is an unmistakable 
source of strength and wisdom >n vne 
difficult task. We do well to make 
it a part of our lives. "I can do ail 
things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). 

If we will take a long, hard, honest 
look at ourselves, we may be forced 
to admit that when we failed our 
mates in understanding, it was be- 
cause we chose to do so. It was 
one of those "all things" we did not 
care enough about which to claim 
the victory. Purposeful understand- 
ing, then, is an indispensible stone 
in the foundation of marriage. 

The intangible something which 
draws two people together into the 
bands of what should be a lifelong 
relationship is love. Love cultivated, 
soon shows itself in tangible sub- 
stance which transforms the life. 
Therefore, no discussion of the 
polarized marriage would be com- 
plete without this cornerstone. Mar- 
riage entered into for mercenary 
reason, or on the basis of physical 
passion, or for convenience, is a 
travesty of what God intended to be 
an enriching, ennobling experience. 

Those who have lived in the in- 
timacies of married love know it is 
a many splendored thing. It diffuses 
the entire life with a glow and 



strength which enables the partici- 
pants to climb the highest mountain, 
go through deepest waters, and 
emerge emotional and spiritual 
giants. Nor is this idle, wishful 
dreaming. Love for Christ, and for 
each other which is founded in Him, 
is the most powerfully motivating 
force in the universe. Witness the 
Word of God. "And now abideth 
faith, hope, love; these three; but 
the greatest of these is love" (I 
Cor. 13:13 ASV). 

Do you want a polarized mar- 
riage? Then embrace the prayer life, 
understanding, and love in God's 
measurements for you. Then unto 
you nothing shall be impossible. 
"For the Lord God is a sun and 
shield ... no good thing will he with- 
hold from them that walk uprightly" 
(Ps. 84:11). 



THE LORD'S IN DEATH 

(Continued from page 147) 

there shall be no more death, neither 
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall 
there be any more pain . . . the 
wall of it was of jasper: and the 
city was pure gold, like unto clear 
glass. And the foundations of the 
wall of the city were garnished with 
all manner of precious stones . . . 
and the twelve gates were twelve 
pearls: and the street of the city 
was pure gold, and the city had no 
need of sun ... for the glory of God 
did lighten it . . . and there shall 
in no wise enter into it anything 
that defileth" (Rev. 21:3-4, 18-19, 
21, 23, 27). 

Loved ones shall enjoy this future 
glory. And even now some of these 
things are being realized by the de- 
parted saints. They have gone be- 
yond this veil where tears, sorrow, 
crying, death and pain are known 
no more. For as Paul said: "To 
depart to be with Christ ... is far 
better." 

One last word for your edifica- 
tion and encouragement. God says: 
"For where your treasure is, there 
will your heart be also." The things 
we count most precious receive our 
greatest thought. For you who are 
bereaved today you have a treasure 
in heaven. Probably heaven will oc- 
cupy much of your thinking within 
the next few days. The homegoing 
of a loved one can strengthen your 
faith. So, where your treasure is — 
there let your heart be also. 



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Some Ideas 



Following several requests for a 
list of the local projects that were 
completed in 1957, Mrs. Miles 
Taber, our national project chair- 
man, went through all the statisti- 
cal blanks to prepare this list. 

So, here's to happy ideas: 

Churches, parsonages, pastors' fam- 
ilies: 

Kept nurseries; furnished and 
cleaned them; picture in front of 
church; communion supplies; choir 
and baptismal robes; projectors; P. 
A. system; organ; flowers; cup- 
boards; stoves; refrigerators; dishes; 
silverware; pans; coffee urns; sink; 
tile and carpet; coatracks; partitions; 
curtains; general church cleaning; 
repaired songbooks; painted rooms 
and furniture; cash gifts; parsonage 
repairs; deep freeze; baby sitting for 
pastor's children; gift to pastors; 
paid telephone bill; fence around 
parsonage yard; house-to-house can- 
vass; sent Missionary Herald to pros- 
pective members; Mother's Day 
corsages; teas for Cradle Roll 
mothers; served meals for rallies, 
conferences, bereaved, and rescue 
missions; made plastic bags for pri- 
mary and beginner children to carry 
their Bibles and papers in; made 
wordless books; taught classes; food 
baskets to shut-ins; servicemen and 
students. 

SMM-WMC Camps: 

Prepared and rolled bandages; 
bought awards; made jumpers; gave 
teas and banquets; were secret 
mothers; songbooks for WMC meet- 
ings; presidents gifts given to assist 
in going to national conference; 
picnics and banquets for graduates; 
bought used sewing machine for 
work days; tea towels and equipment 
for camps; collected stamps for 
camp equipment; showers. 

Nursing home, Old folks homes, 
Orphanages: 

Hand lotion; after shave cream; 
Kleenex; visited, held services. 

Missions: 

Spreads to Mexican young men 
going to Bible institute; cover-all 
aprons for native helpers; award 
cards; beads; tracts; beanies; cloth- 
ing; layettes to Mexico; clothing to 
Navajo and Taos missions; baby 
jackets to Africa; cash gift to colored 
work, Fremont Ohio; New Testa- 
ments; canned peaches; homemade 

March 8, 1958 





Our project for this quarter is 
our foreign-mission giving, which 
you will note by the "Foreign" cut 
on this page. 

Since our Missionaries' Residence 
is often bursting at the seams, and 
since additional expense is incurred 
to care for our missionaries on fur- 
lough, we have chosen a five-year 
project to build a new residence. 



Pictured below is the stately 
stone-block home which has served 
our missionaries so long. But, it is 
not adequate. 

Let's put our shoulder to the 
wheel and reach, or even go over, 
the goal of $3,000. 

We will have more information 
for next month. 




soap; vitamins; toys to Navajo work; 
support of Navajo children; rugs; 
baptismal robes for France; love 
gifts and offerings to students. 

Missionaries: 

Pressure cooker to Cehna Mares; 
sewed for Homeys and Howards; 
Christmas, birthday, outfit gifts to 
visiting missionaries, and missionary 
chests maintained; Christmas gift to 
the Rev. Granville Tucker family; 
food supplies to Missionary Resi- 
dence; cards and letters; food box to 
Sumeys in Africa; Woman's Day 
magazine sent; gifts at Christmas to 
missionaries children whose parents 
are on the field; Hershey chocolate 
to Africa; Bible pins given to Mrs. 



Jobson for WMC African women 
reading Bibles. 

Churches, parsonages, pastor's fam- 
ilias: 

Christmas treats for Sunday 
school; sent church bulletins and 
Sunday school papers to servicemen; 
Bibles for church pews; planted 
church planters; material for bulletin 
boards; folding legs for tables; spon- 
sored junior Fellowship parties; 
Easter breakfast; meals for men 
working on church. 

Missions: 

Rugs for Missionary Residence; 
surgical sheets for Africa; two weeks 
radio broadcast in Argentina. 

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Question: What can we do to keep 
the council interesting at the meet- 
ings? 

Answer: First of all your president 
is your "guiding light," and is re- 
sponsible to see the programs are 
carried out in an interesting and 
proper manner. Begin on time. Her 
business meeting should not b; 
drawn out, or done in a disorderly 
manner. Every item ready for dis- 
cussion — not "Is there any busi- 
ness?" 

Explain what the offerings are 
for. Sometimes guests are embar- 
rassed or confused with much pass- 
ing of banks and baskets — this ought 
not so to be. One offering is best, and 
then divided percent wise (national, 
local, and district). Thank offering 
is received in the synagogue banks 
at home, birthday offering at a spe- 
cial meeting during the year. This 
would eliminate the many offerings 
at a council meeting. 

Secondly, the program chairman 
confers with the hader to help or 
suggest ways in which the program 
can be more interesting. Follow the 
program planned in the packet pre- 
pared for each devotional program. 
Much time and prayer has gone into 
the planning of these programs and 
a good meeting is assured if topics 
are given in an interesting way. Give 
time and thought and study to any 
topic you are asked to give. Hint 
for a sparkle and glow talk — read 
the topic you are to give twice, read 
again, and underline, read again and 
make notes. 

WMC OFFICIARY 

President — Mrs. Paul Dick, 649 Berryville 

Ave., Winchester, Va. 
First Vice President (Project) — Mrs. Miles 

Taber, 314 Dorchester St., Ashland. Ohio. 
Second Vice President (Program) — Mrs. 

Thomas Hammers, 6242 30th St., Seattle 

15. Wash. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, Box 

195. Winona Lake, Ind. 
Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R. 

R. 2, Osceola, Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Ches- 
ter McCall, 4580 Don Felipe Dr.. Los 

Angeles, Calif. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 2728 

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne. Ind. 
Editor — Mrs. Dayton Cundiff, Beaver City. 

Nebr. 
Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Rose Foster, 5337 

N. Front St.. Philadelphia, Pa. 
Patroness of SMM — M's. Leslie Moore. 719 

Frcnklin St.. Sunnyside, Wash. 



Use visual aids, globes, maps, pic- 
tures, missionary news, and special 
music. Occasionally a special speak- 
er could be invited to your council, 
a visiting missionary, or your pastor 
for some special topic. An occasion- 
al quiz perks up interest. Use ques- 
tions on our missionaries, or the Pen 
Pointers. 

Thirdly, the prayer chairman 
should devise ways of making the 
prayer time devotional but not long. 
There are prayer bands where time 
is given to prayer. Have the prayer 
time different each month, divide 
into groups, sentence prayers, writ- 
ten requests to take home, a few 
leading in prayer. This will en- 
courage our new Christians to take 
part. 

There should be time for fellow- 
ship, but not during the business or 
devotional period. One objection is 
— "The meetings are too long." 
Often this is because there is too 



much informality during the meet- 
ing. The length of the meetings will 
vary, but an approximate schedule 
might be as follows — 

Business — 30 minutes; devotional 
— 10 minutes; 10 minutes — opening, 
music, special number; 10 minutes 
— Bible study; 10 minutes — Mission 
study; 15 minutes — Prayer circle; 
Fellowship, 45 minutes — (including 
refreshment time). 

Careful plaiming on the part of 
every officer and committee chair- 
man to have their part ready for the 
meeting is so important to the suc- 
cess of the monthly meeting. 

Friendliness to guests — no special 
cliques, every member on a commit- 
tee will make — your meeting inter- 
esting. 

s\ .1..// 

a:MnyADay 




Jewish ^'^'^ 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR MAY 

Africa — 

Mr. Donald A. Spangler May 4 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. - 

Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1946 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Kathleen Lois Taber May 9, 1955 

Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Bozoum via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Camille Sue Cone May 26, 1955 

Bossembele via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa, 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

B. P. 36. Bossangoa via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Argentina — 

Mrs. James B. Marshall May 25 

Rivadavia 433. Rio Cuarto. F.C.N. G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, South America. 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto. F.C.N.G.B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, South America. 

Brazil! — 

Rev. John W. Zielasko May 7 

1630 Sebastiao Freitas, Capanema, Para, Brazil. 

France — 

Victor Fredrick Fogle May 1, 1949 

79 Chemin de Vassieux, Caluire et Cuire, Rhone, France. 

Mexico — 

Sharon Rachel Haag May 9, 1948 

439 Sunset L?ne, San''Ysidro. Calif., U.S.A. 

Kathryn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

406 Mary Ave.. Calexico, Calif.. U.S.A. 

In the United States — 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18, 1944 

c 'o Rev. Norman Hirschy, Evans City. Pa. 



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In Enduring Service 



"Behold, we count them happy 
which endure" (James 5:11). 

As you look at older people 
around you, do you sometimes won- 
der what you will be like twenty, 
even forty years from now? There's 
that dear Christian lady, every line 
of her face radiating the joy of con- 
sistently living with Christ. Or 
there's the one who wears her long- 
suffering like a garment. Another is 
busy with all the work of the church 
one season, but the next, you don't 
see her around. Investigation re- 
veals that she was offended at some- 
one, who wasn't properly appre- 
ciate, or someone slighted her and 
she quit. 

If you would look at the char- 
acter of your Christian life today, 
you will fmd the seed for the testi- 
mony you will have those many 
years from now. Try to picture your- 
self — a grandmother, perhaps. Will 
you be able to say with Paul; "I have 
fought a good fight, I have finished 
my course, I have kept the faith," 
or will it be said of you as it was 
of Demas: "Demas hath forsaken 
me, having loved this present 
world?" 

When asked for a recipe for suc- 
cess, Henry Ford gave this bit of 
advice: "When you start a thing, 
finish it." It is easy to start some- 
ithing, miss your meals, work fever- 
ishly in that gush of first interest. 
But presently, the job goes stale and 
you can find lots of reasons for 
quitting. Now it may be very pos- 
sible that the thing isn't worth fin- 
ishing, but the habit of endurance is 
worth estabUshing. By quitting you 
do not strengthen yourself, Just 
ikeeping on when something seems 
hopeless may be the most impor- 
tant act you've done; the first stroke 
may be the winning stroke. 

Not long ago a lady came to me 
in great distress. Blue and discour- 
aged, she still msisted she had trust- 
ed the Lord to save her. But the lines 
of her face were fretful, unhappy 
lines. She seemed to have only 




By Miss Ava Schnittjer 

enough faith to make her miserable. 
After several "good" reasons for 
her condition — she couldn't get any- 
one to fix her radio, she didn't like 
her job, she was suffering from a 
physical ailment — she sobbed out 
the "real" reason for her plight. She 
was afraid she couldn't hold out in 
her Christian life. 

Paul must have considered that 
there was this danger. When he was 
on his way to Jerusalem, enduring 
affliction constantly, he said: "None 
of these things move me, neither 
count I my life dear unto myself, so 
that I might finish my course with 
joy" (Acts 20:24). 

Even since that day many years 
before when Paul had met God on 
the road to Damascus, his earnest 
desire had been to finish well. James 
writes: "Behold, we count them 
happy which endure." To endure is 
to continue in a course to which one 
has set himself. Knowing that it is 
the last step that wins, Paul did not 
want to break near the end. 

Others have written of the ne- 
cessity of enduring. Peter writes: 
"If a man . . . endure grief, suffering 
wrongfully . . . this is acceptable 
with God" (I Pet. 2:19-20). To en- 
dure chastening shows you are re- 
ceived as a son (Heb. 12:7). The one 
who endures temptation shall re- 
ceive the crown of life (James 1:12). 
They that endure to the end shall be 
saved (Mark 13:13). 

Possibly one of the greatest hin- 
drances to endurance in the Chris- 



tian hfe is the one that snared Demas 
who loved this present world. Am- 
bition, the love of luxury, the de- 
sires to the flesh, lure one grad- 
ually on the downward path away 
from following God, through 
thoughtlessness of neglect, indif- 
ference, selfishness, and finally to 
the grosser sins of hatred and re- 
venge. 

Paul kept careful, prayerful watch 
through the years in order that he 
might not allow himself to give way 
to the desires of the flesh or allow 
the body to dominate. "I keep under 
my body, and bring it into subjec- 
tion: lest that by any means, when I 
have preached to others, I myself 
should be a castaway" (I Cor. 9:27). 
He has likened the Christian life to 
a warfare and exhorted the Ephe- 
sians to "put on the whole armour 
of God" for their spiritual warfare. 
To Timothy he wrote: "Endure 
hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus 
Christ." And remembering Demas' 
entanglement with the world he 
warns: "No man that warreth en- 
tangleth himself with the affairs of 
this life: that he may please him 
who hath chosen him to be a sol- 
dier." 

Such entanglements may be the 
obstacles in the way of endurance 
for many, but as I looked at the lady 
before me, so discouraged and un- 
happy, I realized that these weren't 
her particular problems. She was 
trying to walk the Christian walk, 
but she was trying in her own 
strength to Uve the life that can 
only be lived by faith. As she looked 
to Jesus in her helplessness to save 
her, so she needed now to look to 
Him in faith, knowing that he 
which had begun a good work in her 
would perform it until the day of 
Jesus Christ. 

You may be among those try- 
ing to walk the Christian walk, but 
trials come from without. The con- 
tempt of worldly people may cut 
deeply into your spirit and cause you 
to waver from the course of action 



March 8, J 958 



151 



you believed to be of God. If you are 
the leader of a group which in- 
cluded some gripers, it is so easy 
to let the weeping and distress and 
unreasonable complaint to pene- 
trate your spirit. Or the criticism of 
someone close to you can cut you 
to the quick. Such hardships may 
tempt one to forsake the narrow, dif- 
ficult way for the broad easy one. 

But remember, the strength or 
weakness of mature years is deter- 
mined largely in the days of youth. 
The strength of weakness of body, 
the sunshine or shadow of person- 
ality, the dependability of our char- 
acter, the quality of our endurance, 
all are largely dependent upon what 
we do or refrain from doing in our 
youth. 

The Lord Jesus himself said: "My 
meat is to do the will of him ihat 
sent me, and to finish his work." At 
the end of His ministry He said: "I 
have finished the work which thou 
gavest me to do." And then His 
triumphant cry rang out from the 
cross: "It is finished." 

Looking to Him with clean hands 
and a pure heart, with the shield of 
faith and the sword of the Spirit, 
and with patience for our appointed 
task, we can trust Him for grace that 
is sufficient, for strength that is per- 
fected in weakness, for help that is 
sure, and for faithfulness that will 
not fail. 



What a Missionary's Hands 
Find To Do 



PRAYER REQUESTS FOR APRIL 

Pray for each author of this 
month's devotional and missionary 
lesson. Pray that the Lord will richly 
bless them for giving of their time 
and of their ability in writing the 
topics for us. 

Pray for tjie writers of next year's 
lessons, who are now finishing the 
topics which they were assigned, 
that the Lord will give them wisdom 
as they complete their writings. 

Pray for "your hands" as you read 
and study in your meeting this 
month. Ask the Lord Jesus to use 
them as He would for His glory. 

Pray for our African sisters m 
Christ. Pray that He will give them 
strength to overcome the many 
temptations which we would not 
even know how to cope with. Pray 
for our missionary ladies there who 
are working with the girls' groups. 

Pray especially for the birthday 
offering taken this month, that each 
girl all over the nation will give 
much so that the goal may be met. 

Pray for requests that your own 
group has. 



By Mrs. J. Keith Altig 



"To the work, to the work, . . . 
Let us do with our might what our 
hands find to do." 

Our hands are a very important 
part of the anatomy. You know 
when you cut your finger badly how 
much it hurts; every nerve seems to 
center there and you hit it nearly 
every time you move. So the work 
that a missionary does with her 
hands is very important and vital. 

In Brazil, everyone shakes hands 
when they meet, and then again 
when they leave. There are so many 
diseases and infections prevalent that 
one almost feels "crawly" after shak- 
ing hands with fifty or one hundred 
people. One child may have ring- 
worm, another pink eye; nearly all 
would have intestinal parasites, while 
a few might have other more serious 
diseases, such as tuberculosis or even 
leprosy. Consequently, all of us 
come right in from our meetings and 
wash our hands with soap. However, 
if we are to win them for the Lord, 
we must have friendly hands. 

In the services we play accordions 
or an organ to help in the music. 
Many times we find Scripture 
verses for the new believers. These 
we call helpful hands. At home we 
do many different and new things, 
such as pick out all the worms and 
bugs from the macaroni, rice or 
flour; make bread; clean the green 
coffee and roast it; make milk from 
powder every day; boil water about 
twice a day and filter it. I must re- 
member to get out the vitamin pills 
every morning and put them by our 
plates so we won't forget to take 
them. It is important to keep the 
household running as smoothly as 
possible so that the men may have 
as much time as possible for mis- 
sionary activity, as well as to keep 
well and strong. 

There are many things I do now 
that I don't particularly hke to do. 
One of them is to sew. I have made 
covers for the cushions of all the 
wicker chairs, but they are all worn 
now, so I'll have to do it again. Last 



term I even made a dress shirt with 
French cuffs for my husband. I hope 
we brought enough shirts along this 
time so I won't have to do that again 
— the collars are so hard to fit. An- 
other thing I don't exactly like to do 
is what I am doing right now — writ- 
ing this article. But if the Lord leads 
someone to ask, surely I am required 
to do my best. In the same category 
as this, although not with my hands, 
is the public speaking we are called 
upon to do even though all of us 
are not equipped to do it nor are we 
especially gifted in this line. 

In this country there are so many 
things we need to use, especially in 
children's work, but we cannot find 
the material or even buy what is nec- 
essary. So it takes imagination to be 
able to make something or substitute 
something else. Imogene Burk just 
asked me yesterday if we could get 
raffia. We have never seen any, and 
she will have to make something else 
do in place of what she wants to 
make. I was down at her house yes- 
terday, and she had made all of her 
Christmas decorations for the house 
out of crepe paper. So, you see, we 
have useful hands, too. 

You may enter into this mission- 
ary service, too, by the last one I 
want to mention. Let us put our 
names in the text as we read I Tim- 
othy 2:8: "I will therefore ihat 

pray every where I 



lifting up holy hands without wrathi 
and doubting." 
Do pray for us! 

SMM OFFICIARY 

President — Marie Sackett, Winona Lake, Ind.< 

(Home: 1010 Randolph St., Waterloo^ 

Iowa. ) 
Vice President — Penny Rae Edenfield, R.RJ 

2. Box 258-B, Uniontown. Pa. 
General Secretary — Rachel Smithwick, Wi-! 

nona Lake, Ind. (Home. R.R. 1, HarrahJ 

Wash.) 
Treasurer — Florence Moeller. Winona Lakei' 

Ind. 
Bandage Secretary — Joyce Ashman. Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 
Editor — Jeanette Turner, Winona Lake, lnd» 

(Home; Portis, Kans.) 
Patroness — Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, 719 FrankJ 

lin St.. Sunnyside, Wash. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Wendell Ken^ 

Box 656. Beaumont, Calif. 



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SQUBBBLES 

By Jeanette Turner 

The Middler SMM, of Buena 
Vista, Va., fixed a "sunshine basket" 
for a little girl who has been ill for 
a long time. For the wicker basket, 
decorated with yellow crepe paper 
and the ribbon to represent sun- 
shine, each girl brought a wrapped 
gift and a card with a date on the 
card telling which day it should be 
opened. That way the girl had a new 
gift each day. 

Middlers in Johnstown, Pa., 
(Riverside Brethren) always have a 
pajama party at Christmastime. This 
year they decided to roU bandages 
all night instead of watching TV 
and eating. 

Everett, Pa., Seniors heard that 
a man in their county jail had ac- 
cepted Christ as his Saviour, so they 
sent a fruit basket to him in the 
name of the Lord. They also gave a 
skit for their WMC last fall. 

One of the projects of the Senior 
girls from West Homer Brethren 
Church, Homerville, Ohio, is 
making "cheer pills." Verses of 
Scripture are put inside empty cap- 
sules and given to persons wno are 
sick. This is a good testimony to un- 
saved folks, and they make "pre- 
cious promises" for saved laiends. 

The Middler SMM group, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., had fun in De- 
cember at a "travel supper," stop- 
ping at different girls' houses for dif- 
ferent things to eat. They brought 
their mothers to Sisterhood meetmg 
in February for a Valentine party, 
and they went to the nursing home to 
sing to the patients there. 

In Sterhng, Ohio, as their local 
project the girls are sending food 
mixes to Miss Evelyn Fuqua, in Ken- 
Itucky, to help in her young peoples' 
meetings. 

From a former patroness of Por- 
tis, Kans., comes this suggestion: 
Have your fathers help roll bandages 
one night. (No mothers allowed.) 
And be sure to have plenty of good 
refreshments to show them that their 
daughters can cook and to reward 
them for their efforts on the ban- 
dages. 

The Sunnyside, Wash., Senior 
Sisterhood served at a banquet for 
some older people of their church. 
To raise money for their district 
project, they chose penny partners 
and are having a contest. 



PRAYER POEM FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 

Martha and Mary 



Martha worked with anxious zeal 

To make the home both clean and neat. 

For Christ, their Friend, would be their guest. 

And there must be good things to eat. 

But Mary hstened to her Friend 

To learn the things He had to say, 

For Mary loved Him very much. 

And He might not pass again that way. 



The Martha's of the world, we find. 
Are cumbered still with many cares; 
They miss the sweet communion found 
In peaceful joys the calm soul shares. 
Yet zealous Martha's serve their Lord 
In living, vibrant. Christlike deeds. 
While Mary's in submissive moods 
Will follow where the Saviour leads. 

(Union Gospel Press Publication) 



Are Your Hands 

BEAUTIFUL? 



By Mrs. Edwin Cashman 



"And I give unto them eternal 
life; and they shall never perish, 
neither shall any man pluck them 
out of my hand" (John 10:28). 

Did you ever really look at your 
hands? Are they rough, smooth, 
soft, chapped, large, small, crippled, 
dirty, clean, or just perfect? Now 
that we have looked at our hands, 
let's let God look at them. What does 
He see? 

In the Bible, hands usually refer 
to the entire body. When our hands 
and nails are dirty, we aren't very at- 
tractive. So it is when God looks at 
our hands and sees they are dirty. 
Our whole body is dirty as the Bible 
tells us in Romans 3:23. Sin is what 
makes us unclean. 

When we use soap and water on 
our hands, we can wash them clean, 
can't we? Well, Jesus has a way of 
washing us clean too. Let's all say 
John 3:16 together. We are made 



clean by believing in Christ. Once 
we let Jesus come into our hearts, 
He gives us a promise which we 
find in our verse — John 10:28. Peo- 
ple long ago had an interesting way 
of not forgetting things. They would 
often tattoo a word into the palm 
of their hands as a reminder. They 
saw it often and so they never for- 
got it. When we accept Christ as our 
Saviour, it is as though God writes 
our names on His hand, so He never 
forgets us for one moment. 

Now that we have had our hands 
washed by Christ, we have holy 
hands which are beautiful to Him. 
This is not enough, however. These 
holy hands must become useful. 
What can we do to make them use- 
ful? Here is one very important 
thing to do — use them to rescue 
someone else. You all know some- 
one else whom you see every day 
who does not know Christ as a per- 
sonal Saviour. Why not tell her that 
Jesus can wash her clean and make 
her beautiful too! 



March 8, 1958 



153 



African Hands 



By Miss Marie Mishler 



My name is Koti, and my twin's 
name is Gati. We live in Africa and 
work for a black girl named Sen- 
dema. Sometimes when the mama 
of Sendema tells her to do some- 
thing, she says, "No." Gati and I 
never say, "No." We always do ex- 
actly what Sendema tells us. 

This morning Sendema awoke 
early, so we awoke also. Sendema 
has only one dress, and she wears it 
day and night, so Gati and I tried 
to smooth out the wrinkles as best 
we could. Sendema goes to school 
at the Mission. Mademoiselle told 
the girls they must have clean bodies, 
so Sendema started to the river lo 
bathe. I grabbed some peanuts and 
fed them to her as she walked along. 
When we arrived at the river, Gati 
and I washed Sendema well, even 
though she sputtered and said the 
water was cold. We didn't want 
shame on her when Mademoiselle 
inspected the girls. Other little girls 
were bathing also, and xney 
all started to the Mission together. 
Gati and I went right along with 
Sendema staying as close to her as 
we could. (Dne little girl bumped 
against Sendema. Koti didn't like 
that so she quickly slapped her. 
Right away the little girl slapped 
Sendema. Before you could say 
Makako, Gati and I were both slap- 
ping as hard as we could. Then 
Sendema remembered Madamoiselle 
had said that Christian girls should 
not slap. She told us to stop. We 
heard her mouth and stopped; we 
felt a bit ashamed. 

At school we held the book so 
Sendema could read. Madamoiselle 
says she will soon be reading in the 
New Testament. Gati held the paper 
and I helped Sendema to write. I 
was very careful so her notebook 
looked neat. We were very quiet 
when Madamoiselle told us a story 
about Jesus; we clapped for joy 
when Sendema and the others sang; 
we hid her when they talked to the 
One God in heaven. We're happy 
that Sendema can go to school and 
learn about Jesus. After school Sen- 
dema went to the garden to help 
her mother. Gati and I went also. 
There we hoed and worked until 
we were tired. Then we put a large 

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pan on Sendema's head, and off we 
went to the river. We poured water 
into the pan, washed Sendema 
again, and went home. Mama of 
Sendema wanted her to pound the 
gozo (manico). Gati and I took the 
big stick and started pounding. We're 
used to hard work, so we pounded 
and sifted until the gozo was a fine 
flour. Then we put it into a pot of 
boiling water. When the gozo was 
ready, Sendema's father and two 
brothers ate first. Then Sendema 
and her mother ate. Gati and I took 
turns taking a bit of gozo, dipping 
it into a sauce and putting it into 
her mouth. When she finished, we 
cleaned ourselves on her dress. 

Darkness came. Sendema went to 
sleep. Gati and I were tired also, 
but we want to tell you that gati (in 
Sango) is left hand and koti is right 
hand. There are lots of kotis and 
gatis in Africa who work for black 
girls, but they help their girls to hit 
and steal and do sinful things be- 
cause their girls haven't believed in 
Jesus. Some of them haven't even 
heard of Jesus. Gati and I are happy 
that Sendema is a Christian. Gati 
and I, two black African hands, 
beckon to you across the big water. 
Won't you come over and tell the 



other girls about Jesus. Then there 
will be many happy black hands in- 
stead of just a few like Gati and me. 
We're so-o-o-o tired. Balao all of 
you. Gati and I are going to sleep. 

YOUR REMINDER 

By Marie Sackett 



Birthday Offering Due. April is 
the month when we take our birth- 
day offering. Our goal is $700 to be 
used for the further education of 
missionaries' children. Why not cele- 
brate the birthday of Sisterhood and 
send in a good offering so we can 
meet this goal? The offering is due 
May 10. 

How Far Are You with your 
memorization of the Book of Philip- 
pians? You don't have too much 
time left to complete it. This goal 
will prove a real blessing to you as 
you hide God's Word in your heart. 
Also, Seniors, don't forget your 
Bible reading and, Middlers and 
Juniors, your memorizing of the 
missionaries' names. 

Do You Have Your Bandages 
Rolled? Remember our bandage roll- 
ing contest — 100 is only the mini- 
mum! Don't forget to do your part 
in this Sisterhood work. 

Note. If you have not sent in your 
previous offering, please do it as 
soon as possible so we can meet our 
goals. Mail all the offerings to the 
national treasurer, Florence Moeller, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 



OPENING CHORUSES — Theme 
chorus, repeat theme verses of 
year in unison. 

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER— 
Seniors and Middlers read James 
5:7-20. Juniors read John 20:24- 
29. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPICS— Seniors 
and Middlers study "In Enduring 
Service" by Miss Ava Schnittjer; 
Juniors study "Are Your Hands 
Beautiful?" by Mrs. Edwin Cash- 
man. 

TESTIMONY TIME— Since this is 
our SMM birthday month, how 
about some testimonies on what 
SMM means to me. 

SPECIAL NUMBER 

PRAYER POEM AND PRAYER 
CIRCLE — Read the requests in 
these pages. 

MISSIONARY TOPICS— Seniors 



and Middlers read "What a Mis- 
sionary's Hands Find to Do" by 
Mrs. J. Keith Altig; Juniors read 
"African Hands" by Miss Marie 
Mishler. 

DISCUSSION— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers discuss chapter 8 of Teen- 
Age Etiquette by Grace Ramquist. 

CLOSE — with a Scripture verse, 
and one verse and chorus of the 
"Mary and Martha Song." 

BUSINESS MEETING— Roll call 
for Seniors and Middlers may be 
answered by James 5:11; for Jun- 
iors, John 3:16 or Romans 3:23. 
Be sure to read the reminders of 
your president, Marie Sackett. 

SMM BENEDICTION — Psalm 
145:1-2. (Suggested Bible reading 
for the month of April — Seniors 
and Middlers, Psalms 121-138; 
Juniors, Psalms 92-105.) 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

I 



HE»VS 




ALBANY, OREG. Lee Burris, 
jastor of the Grace Brethren 
Hhurch, was ordained to the Chris- 
;ian ministry Feb. 1 1 . Other details 
ire not available. 

YAKIMA, WASH. The annual 
'ormal youth banquet for the North- 
vest district was held here on Mar. 
5 with Rev. Harold Ethng as the 
;uest speaker. 

DAYTON, OHIO. The Southern 
Dhio District Conference will spon- 
;or a Sunday-school rally May 6 to 
)e held here at the Christian Activity 
I^enter. 

ALTO, MICH. The overnight 
youth rally for the Michigan district 
ivill be held here Mar. 14-15. Serv- 
ces will be conducted in the Cal- 
vary Brethren Church, William 
fohnson, pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Dr. J. 

Jidlow Baxter, whose ministry is 
:nown worldwide, was the Bible 
lonference speaker Feb. 16-21 at the 
%st Brethren Church, Dr. C. W. 
vlayes, pastor. 

AKRON, OHIO. There were 135 
'oung people, 70 of whom were 
edged overnight, in attendance at 
he Northern Ohio youth rally at 
he First Brethren Church Feb. 14- 
5. Russell Ogden was host pastor. 

WOOSTER, OHIO. Herbert 
itair has served as moderator of the 
^irst Brethren Church for 18 years. 
Cenneth Ashman has been called to 
erve for another year. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. Robert 
). Crees, pastor of the Third Breth- 
en Church, has been called to serve 
or another year. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. The First 
Jrethren Church is contributing 
heir auditorium seats to the Com- 
Qunity Grace Brethren Church, of 
Varsaw, Ind., and to the Grace 
Jrethren Church, of Berrien Springs, 
klich. These two churches are young 



mission churches. New pews are 
being installed in the Fort Wayne 
church about Mar. 15. Mark Malles 
is pastor. 

PALMYRA, PA. A new record 
was set recently at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church on Wednesday night 
when 64 were present for the mid- 
week service. R. Wm. Markley is 
pastor. 

ALTOONA, PA. Rev. Gunnar 
Hogland, of Chicago, will be the 
guest speaker at the Grace Brethren 
Church on Mar. 9. J. Ward Tressler 
is pastor. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Chap- 
lain Orville Lorenz, USA, expects 
to be transferred to Germany on 
Apr. 18. It is possible that he will 
attend the 250th anniversary of the 
Church of the Brethren to be held in 
Schwarzenau, Germany, birthplace 
of The Brethren Church. 

TOKYO, JAPAN. Twenty-four 
"farmer stations" are carrying week- 
ly gospel programs to rural areas in 
Japan as a result of a recent one- 
week tour by Mennonite missionary 
Carl Beck. Some 15,000 families— 
perhaps as many as 100,000 listen- 
ers — will be evangehzed each week 
at an amazingly low cost — about 
eight and one-quarter cents per week 
per station for a one-quarter hour 
period. 

In rural Japan these farmer sta- 
tions operate on a direct-wire hook- 
up with loudspeakers in each farm 
house. Usually this is the only con- 
tact the family has with the outside 
world. "They depend on it for news, 
entertainment, culture, disaster 
warning, telephone and telegram 
messages," reports Beck. "Most 
farmers will not leave their sets un- 
attended for long. Especially at 
suppertime, right after the evening 
news, one is certain of almost 100 
percent listening audience." 

Beck and a Japanese associate 
tape the programs and carry on an 
extensive follow-up with correspond- 
ence courses. 

WHEATON, ILL. A new book 
on Christianity and evolution com- 
posed of papers written by members 
of the American Scientific Affilia- 
tion will be published in 1959, the 
centennial year of the pubhshing of 
Darwin's theory of evolution. It will 
be edited by Dr. Russell Mixter, 
professor of biology at Wheaton 
College. 

The American Scientific Affilia- 




Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Gnibb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



tion is an organization of scientists 
who hold a conservative evangeh- 
cal viewpoint. It seeks to foster an 
interest in the relationship between 
science and the Christian faith by 
means of a quarterly journal, local 
section meetings, national conven- 
tions and the publication of books. 
The organization has grown from a 
membership of five as its founding in 
1941 to more than 700 at the pres- 
ent time. 

PROVIDENCE, R. I. Midnight 
services for youth, and "lurid and 
misleading advertising which often 
accompanies these and other films," 
were denounced by the Rhode 
Island State Council of Churches re- 
cently. The Council adopted resolu- 
tions submitted by a special com- 
mittee which had been asked to 
investigate the "horror movie sit- 
uation" in Providence theaters. The 
resolutions urged the film industry 
and local theaters to "re-examine 
their responsibility for public mor- 
ality as it relates to the quality of 
films, type of advertising, and the 
hour of showing." A bill was in- 
troduced in the Rhode Island Senate 
to prohibit any movie or stage pro- 
duction from starting after 10 p. m., 
except by permission of local hcens- 
ing authorities. 



NEW SUBSCRSPTION POLICY 

Effective March 8. 1958 

100% churches $2.50 

75% churches 2.75 

50% churches 3.00 

Single subscriptions 3.50 

A 100% church is the total mem- 
bership (Brethren Annual) divided 
by 3 (the figure given by the World 
Almanac for the average family in 
the United States). The 75 and 50 
percent churches are decided the 
same way. Over 75% of our 
churches are 100 percent. 



Aarch 8, 1958 



155 



Words and Thoughts 



By Glen Welborn 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Winona, Minnesota 



"Words of My Mouth" 

"Let the words of my mouth, and 
the meditation of my heart be ac- 
ceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my 
strength, and my redeemer" (Ps. 19: 
14). 

David will share this prayer with 
us. And we are glad, for we need it. 
We ought to pray this prayer every 
morning before we speak one word 
in the ears of man or have time to 
entertain one thought in our minds. 
This prayer was not that he should 
be taught right words and thoughts. 
David knew these, and so do we. 
What we need is divine help in the 
exercise of our tongues and hearts. 

Words get us into a lot of trouble, 
and they do untold damage to others. 
But when they are acceptable unto 
God, they will be a blessing lO 
others, and we will not be ashamed. 
Even though we know right from 
wrong, it is good to be reminded. 
Note carefully the following kinds of 
words that are not acceptable — 

Boasting words. "Let another man 
praise thee, and not thine own 
mouth; a stranger, and not thine own 
lips" (Prov. 27:2). Jesus said: "He 
that speaketh of himself seeketh his 
own glory" (John 7:18a). 

Critical words. This is speaking 
in an evil manner of others. There 
are times when God expects us to 
declare truths in righteous judgment. 
Such truths are designed to help 
others, but to speak maliciously of 
others, or to others, is to harm. 
David speaks of those "who whet 
their tongue like a sword, and bend 
their bow to shoot their arrows, even 
bitter words" (Ps. 64:3). Oh, these 
sharp tongues that cut and slash! 
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and 
anger, and clamour, and evil speak- 
ing, be put away from you, with all 
malice" (Eph. 4:31). In Titus 3:2 
we are told "to speak evil of no 
man." "Speak not evil one of an- 
other, brethren" (James 4:11a). 

Deceiving words. Some mouths 
are as smooth as butter. In God's 
Word there is a warning against 
such. "Now I beseech you, brethren, 
mark them which cause divisions 
and offences contrary to the doctrine 



which ye have learned; and avoid 
them. For they that are such serve 
not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their 
own belly; and by good words and 
fair speeches deceive the hearts of 
the simple" (Rom. 16:17-18). 

Gossip, talebearing. Even if the 
tale is true, what is the profit in 
carrying it to others? Some spirit- 
ually unhealthy Christians love to 
feed on tales. Let's not be guilty of 
feeding them what they love. Such 
is fit work for busybodies. I Tim- 
othy 5:13 speaks of those who "learn 
to be idle, wandering about from 
house to house; and not only idle, 
but tattlers also and busybodies, 
speaking things which they ought 
not." "Where no wood is, there the 
fire goeth out: so where there is no 
talebearing, the strife ceaseth. The 
words of a talebearer are as wounds, 
and they go down into the inner- 
most parts of the belly" (Prov. 26: 
20-22). 

Idle words. This includes the 
"foolish talking" and "jesting" that 
Ephesians 5 says is not becoming to 
saints. Sometimes this type of un- 
guarded talk leads to impure talk. It 
also leads to light talk regarding 
certain portions of God's Word — 
making jokes of holy words of God. 
How often we have heard folks 
quote the verse, "Jesus wept," then 
laugh! In Matthew 12:36 Jesus said 
"That every idle word that men 
shall speak, they shall give account 
thereof in the day of judgment." 

Lying words. In Proverbs 6, God 
lists seven things He hates. Two of 
them are "a lying tongue" and "a 
false witness that speaketh lies." 
Also, in Proverbs 19:5 we read: "A 
false witness shall not be unpun- 
ished, and he that speaketh lies shall 
not escape." In the New Testament 
God says: "Wherefore putting away 
lying, speak every man truth with 
his neighbour" (Eph. 4:25). 

Profane words. Cursing or swear- 
ing is a wicked use of the tongue. 
Whether such cursing is habitual 
speech or a valve during a fit of 
anger, it is wicked. In addition to 
the name of the Lord used in swear- 
ing, other good and acceptable words 
are profaned. Slang substitutes for 



these good words are used. When 
near the men of this earth, the air 
around our ears is polluted with the 
foul and filthy language of tongues 
yielded "as instruments of unright- 
eousness unto sin" (Rom. 6:13a). 

With all these evil possibilities of 
the tongue, it is necessary that we 
borrow David's prayer and pray 
daily: "Let the words of my mouth, 
... be acceptable in thy sight, O 
Lord, my strength, and my re- 
deemer." We will need Him as our 
daily strength if our words are to bei 
acceptable unto Him. 

Scriptures To Help 

The words described above are 
wrong and not acceptable unto God. 
Here are a few Scriptures to help 
guide us in the wise and right use 
of our tongues. 

Pray. Borrow another prayer from 
David. "Set a watch, O Lord, be- 
fore my mouth; keep the door of my 
lips" (Ps. 141:3). 

Slow to speak. "Wherefore, mjfi 
beloved brethren, let every man bk) 
swift to hear, slow to speak" (James 
1:19). God gave us two ears ex- 
posed, but only one tongue which is 
walled in behind the teeth (Jamieson, 
Fausset, and Brown). 

Use wisdom. "A word fitly spoken 
is like apples of gold in pictures of 
silver" (Prov. 25:11). Choose the 
right words and use them at the 
proper time and circumstance. 

Speak graciously. "I^t your 
speech be alway with grace, season- 
ed with salt" (Col. 4:6a). Speak in: 
the love and flavor of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Speak the gospel. "My tongue 
shall speak of thy word: for all thy 
commandments are righteousness" 
(Ps. 119:172). The world needs this 
kind of talk. God will always accept] 
talk that exalts His Son Jesus Christ. 
Men need to hear of God's redeem-; 
ing love and of the Saviour who 
came and bore their sin upon the 
cross of Calvary. The world hears 
enough of man's vain philosophiesi 
and profane mouthings. Let us speaki 
God's wisdom, "holding forth the 
word of hfe" (Phil. 2:16a). 



156 



The Brethren Missionary Heraldt 



Our BYF Missionaries 



By Ernest Bearinger 
National Youth Director 




Drawn drapes and a circulating 
"an kept much of the sultry August 
leat out of the room. Dr. Russell 
Barnard's face relaxed into a pleas- 
mt smile, and his head nodded ap- 
jrovingly. He was listening to Rev. 
lalph Colbum, chairman of the Na- 
ional Youth Council, presenting a 
)roposition in behalf of our Breth- 
en young people all over America. 

"We believe that our youth want 
I personal part in the foreign mis- 
ionary program of the church; a 
)art which they can call their own. 
Ve would like to adopt a missionary 
amily as a national project. Can you 
;ive us one?" ask Mr. Colburn. 

But before any announcement 
ould be made the home church of 
he suggested family must be con- 
acted, the family, too, must indicate 
willingness to be adopted. And so 
fter correspondence traveled more 
tian 46,000 miles we introduce 
irethren youth to our missionaries, 
he Don Hocking family. 




Here is the plan for your mission- 
ry giving: Pray, pray for the Hock- 
ig family. Pray that God will show 
3U your part in giving through your 
>cal church especially during the 
)reign-mission season. Be sure to 

lorc/i 8, 1958 



mark your foreign-offering envelope 
for Youth Missionary Project 

January 1958 
Dear BYF'ers, 

We were pleasantly surprised by 
a letter from your National Youth 
Director telling of your desire to 
adopt and support our family as 
your missionary family. We are in- 
deed grateful and feel that this is a 
real honor. As some of you know, 
much of our Christian work in the 
States was done among young people 
and we feel that this is another op- 
portunity to work together with you 
for the glory of our Lord. 

This year at the annual field 
council of all the missionaries, we 
were assigned to M'Baiki — our 
southernmost station in Africa. As 
we are planning to move during the 
last two weeks of February, we have 
a little over a month left here at 
Bozoum in which to continue our 
orientation, and pack. Our orienta- 
tion consists of learning the Sango 
language and becoming acquainted 
with the work and ways of a mission- 
ary. We have already spent twenty 
months in France learning the 
French language. We were supposed 
to leave for Africa after one year of 
language study but Betty, David, 
and I all had operations in France. 
Only Jimmy, who is three and one- 
half years old escaped the French 
hospitals. As you probably know, 
David, who was born in France (Jan- 
uary 15, 1957), almost died three 
months later when we all received 
our yellow fever shots in prepara- 
tion for our departure for Africa. 
However, the Lord marvelously an- 
swered prayer and he is heakhy and 
strong today. Finally the Lord 
brought us to our "home" the first 
part of August 1957. 

We have a httle mud-block house, 
white-washed inside and out, and a 
grass roof. An extra room was built 
on the house to serve as the chil- 
dren's bedroom just before we came. 



It is small but very adequate. Jimmy 
and David sleep in a bunk bed that is 
all screened in. It looks somethmg 
like an overgrown box with screen 
all around. This protects them from 
mosquitos and other insects. David 
crawls around everywhere now, but 
we have to be careful because of so 
many bugs on the floor. He is try- 
mg to walk, but his legs are just too 
wobbly. Jimmy is running around 
like any wild Indian three and one- 
half years old. We have made a sand- 
box for him so that he can dig to 
his heart's content without worrying 
too much about bugs and hook- 
worm. Charles Sumey, our co- 
laborer here at Bozoum, made a 
swing and Jimmy likes that too. As 
long as Jimmy can be outside, he 
is happy, but when it rains and he 
has to stay inside, he is like a caged 
lion. However, it is the dry season 
now, and we won't be having any 
rain for several months. 

Besides learning the language, we 
have done some missionary work. 
Don has a Bible class in French on 
Thursday evenings and on Sunday 
afternoons. We have also gone out 
to several different chapels with the 
Sumeys Sunday morning for church 
services. Then Betty has made scarfs 
for our boys-club work. We are 
starting to establish boys clubs at all 
of our stations and their outfit con- 
sists of scarfs and berets (French 
caps). Three groups have already 
been started, and we are praying 
that more may be started soon. 

We will be writing to you again 
once we are settled in M'Baiki so 
that you will know about our life 
and work down there. May the Lord 
bless you and keep you as you serve 
Him there at home. "We will pray for 
you, and you pray for us that our 
work here may bring glory to His 
name. 

Yours for souls, 

Don, Betty, Jimmy, and David 

Hocking 

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LAYMEN 

TO SUPPORT A 

LAYMAN IN AFRICA 

At a recent national meeting of 
the laymen of our Brethren churches, 
the support of Brother Don Span- 
gler in the matter of personal allow- 




ance was built into their program of 
activity for the ensuing year. Bro. 
Spangler was the president of this 
national organization at the time of 
his appointment to missionary serv- 
ice in Africa, and it is so fitting that 
our laymen should support this lay- 
man. The amount set for this year is 
$900, which is about the average an- 
nual personal allowance considering 
the four years on the field and the 
one year of furlough. 

Our Foreign Missionary Society 
appreciates so very much the new 
unit of service now being under- 
taken by our laymen. It is very true 
that "as goes the layman, so goes 
The Brethren Church," and we are 
so very happy that the laymen of 
The Brethren Church have foreign 
missions on their hearts. 

Bro. Spangler went to Africa as 
a printer, and is just now completing 
the building in which the new off- 
set press will be located. By the time 
you read this the first copies of liter- 
ature will be coming from the offset 
press. Probably no one thing has 
such potential in Africa as the 
printed page. Our work has been 
greatly hindered because of insuffi- 
cient printed material, and commun- 
ism has been capitalizing on our 
failure. We hope this will help to 
check the godless influence of com- 
munism. 

It is for our laymen to decide, but 
I can speak for our Foreign Mission- 
ary Society when I say how much we 
would appreciate it if in the future 
years the national laymen's organ- 
ization might assume the full sup- 
port of Bro. Spangler, totaling some 
$2,500 per year, and then the costs 
of the operating of the press. We ap- 
preciate so very much that the off- 




'""US YOUR HAND/ 

/Eua/m/p Of Mm/^fjv Laymen 



Compiled by Roy H. Lowery 



The Resurrection 




The heathen and the Modernist 
apply the idea of immortality to the 
soul only. The doctrine of the resur- 
rection of the human body come 
neither from nature nor from 
science, but from the Bible (I Cor. 
15:35). The Bible, proved to be 
the Word of God, is the highest evi- 
dence of the resurrection of the dead 
(Isa. 26:19). The righteous dead 
shall rise (Rom. 8:11). All that are 
in the graves shall come forth (Dan. 
12:2; John 5:28-29). The bodily 
resurrection is not an absurdity, but 
a mystery, for it involves the agency 
of infinite power to accomplish it. 
Every objection to resurrection truth 
is answered by Scripture (Matt. 22: 
29; Acts 26:8). We have the resur- 
rection of the human body in the 
resurrection of Christ (I Cor. 15:12- 
13). If the first Adam brought death 
by his fall, it is reasonable that 
Christ as the second Adam should, 
by His life, death and resurrection, 
bring life (Rom. 5:17; I Cor. 15: 
20-22). If it was necessary for Christ 
to complete the plan of salvation by 
His own resurrection (I Cor. 15: 
17), it is also necessary to com- 
plete the execution of the plan which 
involves the resurrection of man (I 
Cor. 15:23). The "'first fruits" is a 
pledge of a glorious harvest. 

The plan of human redemption 
must necessarily embrace the resur- 



rection of the body because both 
body and soul are God's (I Cor. 6 
19-20). Both are purchased by the 
blood of Christ, and the body as the 
sanctified temple of the Holy Ghosi 
cannot perish forever (Rom. 8:23) 
What did Christ declare himself tc 
be when speaking with reference tc 
the dead Lazarus (John 1 1 :25)': 
Bodily resurrection was the theme 
of apostolic preaching (Acts 4:2). 
The resurrection through Christ is 
embraced in redemption (II Tim. 1: 
10). If the resurrection pertains only 
to the soul and not the body of man, 
then man is but half redeemed, and 
redemption is but half a plan in re- 
storing man from the ravages of sin! 
Jesus raised Lazarus from the 
dead during His redemptive mission 
on earth. Death heard and obeyed 
Him then, and certainly will again 
(John 11:43-44; 5:28-29). Wlien 
Jesus was completing redemption's 
plan the graves were opened and 
many bodies of the saints arose 
(Matt. 27:52). The remedy is as uni- 
versal as the disease, or Christ's 
mission was a failure (I Cor. 15: 
24-28; Hosea 13:14)! He must save 
us from sin and its results (Heb. 2: 
14-15). Death is His enemy and 
our (Rev. 20:14; 21:4). For "withi 
what body" and the "how" of the 
resurrection, read I Corinthians 15: 
42-44; Philippians 3:21. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 



Opening Hymns — "He Arose"; "He 

Lives." 
Scripture Reading — I Corinthians 

15:1-23. 
Prayer Time — Remembering all our 

missionaries. 
Hymn — "Beneath the Cross of 

Jesus." 
Business Session — Receive offering 



for the support of our laymen mis-'i 
sionary. Brother Don Spangler, and 
send your offering at once to oui 
treasurer. Earl Cole, 2753 Elm- 1 
wood St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

Bible Study — "The Resurrection." 

Hymn — "Take My Life, and Let li 
Be"; closing prayer. 



set press was given us by the Na- 
tional WMC, but it will now cost us 
some $4,000 per year just to supply 
the paper and other necessary items 
to keep this press in full operation. 
To do this would be a project suit- 



able and challenging to any anc 
every man in The Brethren Church 
Again, speaking for The Foreigr 
Missionary Society, we say, "Thanli 
you. Brethren Laymen!" i 

— Russell D. Bamarc' 



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159 



UND€R T<H€ 



PAl^OnAGE ROOF 

ou Mrs. ^ojber^ Af/7/er^ 




WEEKEND DIET 

(A result of association with assorted small fry) 



The weekend was freighted with 
work and weariness. Two young- 
sters in bed with the flu kept 
Mother on the run. From 11:45 p. 
m. Friday until 5:30 a. m. Saturday 
she had rolled out of bed seven times 
to care for a fretful, miserable four- 
year-old. 

Preparing breakfast at 6:30 for 
David who was headed for a hard 
day's work at a grocery supermarket, 
utter weariness both of spirit and 
body overtook Mother. Tears salted 
the cooking oatmeal as she stirred. 

"Father," she heard her voice, 
'Tin not afraid of hard work, even 
lots of it. You know that. But Fm so 
tired now. I haven't had a sohd 
night's sleep in over a week. There 
seems to be no end to all the bur- 
dens. Lord. I have felt beaten to a 
pulp since last February. 

"It is just a year ago the 11th 
that I took a plane to stay by the 
side of my boy who then was letting 
go of his earthly moorings. A year 
ago March 11 you said to my 
Bobby: 'You have had enough, Son. 
Come on home.' Just a short year. 
Lord, but at times an eternity. 

"Dear Father, Your hand has 
been heavy in spite of the love I have 
known and felt behind the pressure. 
I don't mean to complain, but I 
need strength. I do want your will 
done in my life regardless of what 
instrument must be used in the mold- 
ing process. Give what is needed." 

Almost before Mother could turn 
around it was lunch time. "Mama," 
a brown-eyed girlie tugged at her 
apron, "may I ask you a question?" 

"You may, but I can't promise to 
answer it, Ardyth." 

"Why did you have so many chil- 
dren?" 

Momentarily Mother was speech- 
less. She hadn't thought to ask why 
lately; she'd been too busy rearing 



them. But here was the question. 
Why was it her lot to bear nine chil- 
dren? She and Daddy hadn't planned 
that course. Suddenly she was glad 
they hadn't. There could be no 
doubt of the Lord's hand in the 
matter. 

"Honey, Fm sure it is because 
God wanted me to have you all. If 
I hadn't had at least eight, you 
would not have been here. What 
would Mommie ever do without 
you?" 

As she hugged a precious six- 
year-old, a radiant smile lighted her 
daughter's face. "I love you, too, 
Mommie." 

Renewed vigor surged through 
Mother's being. 

On Sunday, sitting at the "com- 
pany table" with our dirmer guest, 
Paul Kent turned to Mother, and 
for no apparent reason asked: "Did 
they teach arithmetic in the olden 
days when you went to school?" 

"Small wonder I feel old at 
times," Mother laughed. "I am old, 
practically ancient, in the eyes of 
my small fry." But the hearty 
laughter enjoyed by all around the 
table lifted a year or two from 
Mother's shoulders. 

After Sunday evening services our 
guest speaker came into the house 
for a snack before pursuing his 
journey. Dorotheann and Sharon 
were in bed when they remembered 
they had neglected to have this mis- 
sionary sign his name in their Bibles. 
They ask Mother to have him do so. 

Returning the Bibles, dear effer- 
vescent Sharon said: "Thank him for 
me. Mama. Give him a kiss for me, 
please, because I'm a little scared to 
kiss him since I'm getting older." 

The request temporarily stunned 
Mother. She felt shaken to the soles 
of her feet. With the return of her 
thinking powers she responded: "I'd 



like to grant your request, Dear, but 
that sort of kissing is out of bounds 
for me. A lady missionary, yes. But 
a gentleman, my own age, and who 
until today was a stranger to me — 
whew!" 

When Mother returned to the 
table and told the story. Daddy near- 
ly rolled off the chair laughing — as 
did everyone present. 

As funny as Sharon's request was, 
Mother's heart was strangely 
warmed. The sweet innocence of it 
all was quite disarming. After all, 
Mothers were made to help their 
children. Mothers can do anything, 
and certainly understand their 
daughters' emotions as they achieve 
the vast age of 1 2. 

Furthermore, the guest who had 
won his way into the hearts of all our 
children was a missionary. Mission- 
aries are highly respected people 
around this house. Who wouldn't 
want to kiss a missionary, man or no, 
(unless you are 12 years old)? 

By now Mother was aware that 
much weariness had dropped from 
her shoulders. Sleep is surely not 
the only requisite for rest. A diet of 
love, being needed, and spiritual 
meat can revitalize the heart and 
mind, and renew the body. She lay 
down to sleep that night thanking 
her Father for having heard her 
prayer. She went off to sleep on the 
pillow of His promises: ". . . as ihy 
days, so shall thy strength be. . . . 
The eternal God is thy refuge, and 
underneath are the everlasting arms 
. . ." (Deut. 33:25, 27). 

FROM WHERE 1 SIT 

A great preacher once pictured a 
small wrist watch envious of the 
position of Big Bsn, being raised to 
that height and being thus com- 
pletely lost to view. "Its elevation," 
said he, "was its obliteration." 
Divine love led the Lord Jesus Christ i 
to the lowest place, and God the 
Father has raised Him to the highest. 

The galleries are full of critics. 
They play no ball. They fight no 
fights. They make no mistakes be- 
cause they attempt nothing. Down 
in the arena are the doers. They 
make mistakes because they attempt 
things. The man who makes no mis- 
takes lacks boldness and the spirit 
of adventure. He is the one who 
never tries anything. He is the brake 
on the v^'heel of progress. And yet, 
it cannot be truly said that he makes 
no mistakes, because the biggest mis- 
take he makes is the very fact that 
he tries nothing, does nothing except 
criticize those who do things. — D. 
Carl Voder. 



The BRETHREN 




HOME MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 15, 1958 

Johnstown, Riverside, Goes Self- Supporting 





Editorials 



fyLL $rubb 




Brethren Construction Crew Cm Disso'.ved 

It has been necessary for the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council to dissolve construction crew one after 
about six profitable years of work in the field construct- 
ing Brethren church buildings. 

This decision has been forced upon us by our in- 
ability to start Brethren churches because of lack of 
funds. For several years the home-mission work has 
been plagued by a deficit in the general fund which is 
used to pay salaries and other expenses involved in 
establishing and developing new churches. Our pastors 
and their families must be properly supported as ihey 
undertake this gigantic task. Small local groups are 
unable to do this all alone, especially in these days of 
inflation. We cannot start churches without pastors. 
(Unfortunately with men available to move into chess 
new fields there is no money to support them.) There- 
fore, there is no need for construction crews when no 
new churches are begun. 

Three Brethren construction crews, two working >n 
the east and one in the west, the first crew working for 
about six years, the second for two years, and the chird 
for less than one year, have constructed a total of 18 
home-mission structures, and saved hundreds of thou- 
sands of dollars for our Council and the local churches. 
Not the least of the benefits have been the spirituai 
blessings and encouragement brought by the crew mem- 
bers and their families to the local churches where ih;y 
were serving. 

It is now absolutely necessary for us to cut thes:: 
benefits at least one-third because sufficient means ;"irc 
not available to start churches. Our crewmen and their 
families gave themselves as missionaries, and it is un- 
fortunate that they cannot continue in that capacity. 

A Typical American Church Service 

Not long ago this editor had the occasion to visit 
a service in a large church which was a part of one of 
the larger American denominations. It was indeed an 
interesting experience and served to further emphasize 
the growing apostasy in our nation. 

The building was exquisitely beautiful, an architect's 
dream and a large moneymaker for any contractor. The 
vast, impressive and almost awesome span of the 
auditorium and the height of the ceiling created an 
atmosphere of reverence and worship. Many special, 
custom-made features made this building one of the 
most unusual church buildings we have ever seen. It 
was indeed a pleasure to be in the midst of such beauty. 

The auditorium was filled about to capacity. There 
were at least eight hundred people in attendance. The 
choir sat beautifully robed on the left side of the 
chancel while the pastor stood facing the altar with 



back toward the congregation. A mighty organ filled this 
great sanctuary with beautiful music. Indeed, it was an 
extremely impressive situation. 

After about 45 minutes of singing a few hymns, read- 
ing prayers and other religious exercises, most of which 
had little spiritual meaning for the individual, the pas- 
tor arose for the message. He took as a text Ephesians 
4:32: "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, 
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake 
hath forgiven you." His sermon was 13 minutes in 
length. He had three points under the heading, "'Be Ye 
Kind." This kindness was to manifest itself in thought, 
word and deed. What he said was absolutely true. We 
should be kind to one another in thought and word and 
deed. The truth was presented in a positive manner. Two 
important things he did not do. First, he did not point 
out that the nature of man is not a naturally kind na- 
ture, but is sinful instead. Secondly, he mentioned noth- 
ing whatever as to how a man could know this kindness 
in his ov/n heart and have the power to manifest it to 
others. The name of Jesus Christ was mentioned when 
the verse of Scripture was read and never referred to 
after that; not even "Jesus" was used. The congregation 
sang a song and was dismissed without any further word. 
The people filed out the door and some shook hands 
with the pastor or his assistant. 

Th's was a typical American church service! 

What was wrong with this service? 

Even though we would not have done some things 
in the mechanics of the service as this pastor and people 
did, we would have found Httle serious fault up to the 
message. However, after these hundreds of people had 
been effectively isolated from the world, their daily 
routines, and confronted with this tremendous beauty 
and plunged into this worshipful atmosphere, the pastor 
gave them straw to eat. Paul said: "We preach . . . 
Christ Jesus the Lord" (I! Cor. 4:5). At least three- 
quarters of a million dollars were spent to construct 
and furnish that building. The pastor is probably very 
well paid and very well educated. The members of that 
congregation are trusting him with their spiritual des- 
tiny. He is supposed to be God's undershepherd. Yet 
he absolutely ignored the Lord Jesus Christ. Our soul 
bled for those people each one of whom represented 
a spiritual need and yet received no help from the Word 
of God. It was all we could do to keep quiet with such 
an opportunity before us. 

Whv is the American church so barren and fruit- 
less? Why is it having so little impact on the nation? 
Why does church membership increase annually and 
crime increase right along with it? It is a Christless 
Church! Millions of American church members receive 
the same treatment every Sunday. How could any un- 
believer have been saved in that meeting? 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 11 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Led in Triumph 



By Bruce Baker 




"God Leads Us Along" is the title 
of a favorite hymn of the Riverside 
Brethren Church. We have a church 
and are self-supporting today be- 
cause our Lord has led us along. 
Many different individuals have fol- 
lowed the Lord's directions and have 
been a vital part of this ministry. We 
are thankful for each; primarily, 
however, our praise ascends heaven- 
ward, for we realize it is not what 
men have done but what they have 
allowed God to do through them that 
has resulted in victories for His 
glory. 

A group of laymen from the First 
Brethren Church, of Johnstown, 
were burdened with the need of a 
gospel testimony in Riverside. Al- 
though very active in their church, 
these men knew the Lord was lead- 
ing them to a new field. A house was 
purchased in June 1949. One of the 
laymen mortgaged his home to ob- 
tain a loan to finance the work. For 
one entire year the history of the 
work is told in these words "Lay- 
men laboring for their Lord." The 
building had to be moved and com- 
pletely renovated. A year later, July 
1950, the doors of the first church 
in Riverside were opened. Mr. Don 
K. Rager, the superintendent of the 
Riverside Brethren Mission, was 
ably and faithfully assisted in the 
work by Mr. Fred Bentz, Mr. Harold 
Hammer, Rev. James Hammer, and 
Mr. Thomas Watkins Jr. 

The church was officially organ- 



ized on July 15, 1951 with a mem- 
bership of 17. Rev. Ralph Hal! 
was called to become the first pas- 
tor. The Lord blessed his ministry. 
The attendance grew steadily until 
the remodeled house was not ade- 
quate to accommodate the Sunday 
school. On April of 1955 ground 
was broken for a new church build- 
ing. Brother Hall drew the plans 
himself and headed the building 
committee. On Christmas Sunday 
the first services were held in the 
new building. 

When the present pastor. Rev. 
Bruce Baker, arrived on the field 
in September of 1956, he found the 
Lord had led the people, under the 
faithful ministry of Brother Hall, 
through many of the crucial "grow- 
ing pains" of a new work. The 
exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord 
and Saviour in every department of 
the church was continued with God's 
blessing. Below is a statistical re- 
port on the growth of certain phases 
of the church during the last four 
years. We rejoice particularly in the 
way God has led our people to give 
that others might come to know His 
saving grace. 

Sunday Church Mission 

Year Members School A.M. Giving 

1954 52 83 57 S815.31 

1955 62 104 68 $1.155.8J 

1956 80 116 81 SI. 817.33 

1957 88 125 101 $3.247. 11 

We have a great God and expect 
great things from Him. We believe 
He will continue to bless as we pre- 
sent ourselves as bondslaves to Him. 
In looking to the future of our 
church, we are encouraged by the 
young people our Lord has given us. 
Under the enthusiastic leadership of 
Mr. Leslie Chamberlain our attend- 
ance in the boys' work has in- 
creased from 14 in 1956 to 42 in 
1957. Each week 15 teen-aged boys 
meet for their Christian Service 
Brigade meeting. The girls have 
seen their attendance double in Sis- 
terhood from 11 in 1956 to 22 in 
1957. 



Under the Lord's leading Mr. 
Thomas Johnson has left our work 
to enroll at Grace Seminary. Miss 
Dixie Cramer and Miss Darlene Ma- 
tula were also led of the Lord to go 
to Grace College. Each of these was 
active in this field. We miss them 
but praise tlie Lord He has led them 
on to areas of greater service. We 
are indebted to another church who 
gave of her own that we might have 
a testimony in Riverside. May we 
also give that others might hear. Rev. 
Charles Taber, missionary to Africa, 
is being supported by our people. 

Are there any women m the 
Riverside church? Yes; praise the 
Lord for each one. Our women have 
been a vital part in the growth of the 
church. Serving as teachers in the 
Bible school, deaconesses, secretar- 
ies, pianists, patronesses of the Sis- 
terhood groups and through their 
own WMC, they have been blessed 
and a blessing. In particular we men- 
tion the sacrifice of a number of 
wives. Much has been left undone in 
handiwork at home because they 
encouraged their husbands to be 
busy building the material and spirit- 
ual church in Riverside. 

Our Lord has led in triumph. 
Victory was accomplished through 
men and women being obedient io 
Him. Have you been one of these? 
Yes; you have if you have prayed for 
and given to the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. We thank each 
one of you who have done your part. 
We praise the Lord that He led the 
Brethren Home Missions Council \.o 
take on the support of our church. 
The financial backing of the Council 
enabled us to go ahead with ojr 
building program and the pastor to 
devote full time to the work. The 
wisdom and experience of the men 
working for the Council proved to 
be very beneficial when their advici 
was needed. 

May the Lord continue to lead us 
in triumph for His glory. 



March 75, 795* 



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RESULTS OF 



Faithful 
Preaching 

By Thomas E. Johnson 



"For the time will come when 
they will not endure sound doctrine; 
but after their own lusts shall they 
heap to themselves teachers, hav- 
ing itching ears" (II Tim. 4:3). 

Beloved brethren at Riverside, I 
praise God daily that He led my wife 
and me into your fellowship shortly 
after our conversion. As new Chris- 
tians, we needed sound doctrine and 
fundamental teaching from the 
Word. This we received from you 
through a consecrated pastor and 
people. We praise the Lord that 
there has always been sound teach- 
ing at Riverside. Through your 
sound teaching, mingled with Chris- 
tian love, we became grounded in the 
Word and grew in the Lord. With- 
out a doubt the ministry of the 
Riverside church was instrumental 
in my decision to come to Grace 
Seminary to prepare for the Lord's 
service. The only regret I have is 
that our fellowship is broken by 
the many miles separating us. Truly 
my heart is with you and it is a red 
joy to be counted among the flock 
there. Therefore I'm writing a few 
words to you to express my love for 
you all and exhort you to continue 
in the faith "once for all delivered 
unto the saints." Abide in Him, that 
when He shall appear, you may have 
confidence and not be ashamed 
before Him at His coming. May this 
new step of faith bind you together 
more closely in Christian love and i 
bring you into a closer walk with II 
Him. I 



Top down: Beginners — Mrs. Harold Wal- 
ters, teacher. Nuisery — Mrs. Robert Barron," 
teacher, and Mrs. Howard Womer, assistant. 
Primary one — Mrs. Harry Barndt, teacher. 
Primary two — Mrs. Richard Nicholson, 
teacher, and Miss Judy Rager, assistant. 
Primary three — Mrs. Gordon Frailey, teacher, 
and Mrs. Hannah Rager, assistant. 



RESULTS OF 



Faithful 
Teaching 



By Fred S. Bentz 

Praise God from whom all bless- 
ings flow. I personally want to praise 
Him for His guiding in the work at 
Riverside. In July 1949 He di- 
rected our steps to this place, and 
after one year of much prayer and 
labor He gave us our first reward as 
we opened the doors for Bible 
school. 

Many have been the trials and 
blessings in the following years, and 
we praise God for both. We have 
always been thankful that one year 
later Brother and Sister Ralph Hall 
answered the call to become our 
pastor. Brother Hall was willing to 
work to support himself for one 
year; then the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council came to our rescue 
and helped us that we might have a 
full-time pastor and a beautiful new 
church. Our hearts did miss a beat 
when Brother Hall resigned, but 
again God answered prayer and sent 
us Brother and Sister Bruce Baker. 
We are truly thankful for the min- 
istry of these men of God, and for 
the many souls that have come to 
know Christ as their Saviour through 
their faithfulness. Again we thank 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil and all of God's people who have 
prayed and given that now we are 
able to join the host of other self- 
supporting churches. 



Top down: Junior boys — Harry Plows, 
teacher, and Gary Bentz, assistant. Junior 
l^'lj— Mrs. William Lint, teacher, and Mrs. 
ii/r i , ^"*^' assistant. Intermediate— Charles 
Matula, teacher, and Gary Bonner, assistant. 
Young people— Mr. William Lint teacher of 
the Banner Class. Young adult— Don Eager, 
teacher. Senior adult— Howard Eager, 
teacher. The entire Sunday-school staff. 




Appreciation for a 
Praying Church 

By Mrs. Betsy Walters 



I would like to praise the Lord 
for the Riverside Brethren Church. 
It was through the help of its pas- 
tor, a very dear friend, the prayers 
of its faithful members, and the suf- 
ficient grace of God that 1 found the 
Lord Jesus Christ as my own per- 
sonal Saviour. 

I was reared in a Roman Catholic 
Church and attended a Catholic 
school for nine years. I knew very 
well that Christ died on the cross 
because in the Catholic church Lent 
and the time of Easter is a very im- 
portant time. It is a time of strict 
fasting and abstaining from things 
which are considered pleasures. 
Little did I know the real story be- 
hind the death on the cross. I did as 
I was taught to do, the reason I did 
not know. 

One day when asked by one of its 
members to attend a service in the 
Riverside Brethren Church, I ac- 
cepted, and there I learned the real 
story behind the death on the cross. 
I learned that Christ died for my sins 
as much as He did for anyone else. 
I learned I was a sinner, that I did 
not need to be at Mass every Sun- 
day morning to get to heaven, and 
that the only person to whom I had 
to confess my sins was Christ be- 
cause He was the one who died for 
them, not a priest. I confessed to the 
Lord Jesus Christ that I had sinned 
and asked Him to forgive me and 
come into my heart. On that day, 
which was September 30, 1956, the 
joy and happiness I felt and the bur- 
den that was lifted was so marvelous 
that words can never describe it. 

I became a member of the River- 
side Brethren Church on Easter Sun- 
day 1957. I am so thankful, and 
do praise our wonderful Lord for 
seeing fit to use me here in His work 
at Riverside. My prayer is that I may 
be used to tell others of the won- 
derful love and grace of our precious 
Lord. 

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Ireland Road Brethren 
Lay Cornerstone 



The Ireland Road Brethren 
Church, South Bend, Ind., held their 
cornerstone-laying service on Sun- 
day, February 2, 1958. It was a cold 
blizzard-like day, and except for the 
dedication of the stone itself, ihe 
service was held in the basement. 

The pastor. Gene Witzky, was ill 
and unable to attend the service. R. 
Paul Miller, Sr., pastor of ihe 
neighboring Goshen, Ind., church, 
was the special speaker and took 
charge of the service for Brother 
Witzky. 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council architect, Robert E. Foltz, 



drew the plans and was present to 
take the accompanying pictures. 
Other Council representatives in- 
cluded the Brethren Construction 
Company foreman, Vernon Latham, 
and crew members Donald Stroup, 
Ray Sturgill, Walter Bovant; Mr. 
Elmer Tamkin, secretary of the 
Brethren Investment Foundation; 
and Frank J. Poland, office manager. 
The new building is expected to 
be finished and dedicated in April. 
The first service was held in the 
building on the cornerstone-laying 
day. The illness in the parsonage 
necessitated meeting for the morning 
services in the new church building. 



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Left to right: Gene Schoettler, local building committee member; Robert i 
Cover, pastor of the Warsaw Community Grace Brethren Church; R. Paul I 
Miller, Sr., special speaker; Vernon Latham, Brethren Construction Com- ■ 
pany superintendent; and Frank J. Poland, Brethren Home Missions Council ll 
representative. I 




Ireland Road and visiting brethren 

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Kokomo Work Grows With Subdivision 



The Indian Hiights Brethren 
Church, of Kokomo, Ind., is grow- 
ing along with this planned commu- 
nity. A record attendance has been 
recorded for the new year with 81 
meeting in the pastor's three-bed- 
room, one-floor home. William 
Kolb, the pastor, has been living on 
the field for six months, and has seen 
it grow to 235 families without a 
church in the development. The 
first of three church locations in 
the community has been secured 
and plans are in the making for a 
new Brethren church. 

The Indiana District is cooperat- 
ing with The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council in the project and an 
all-out effort is being made to rais: 
investment funds within the district 
to finance a building through the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. 




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167 



Hear . . . See . . . Believe 



"Hsar the gospel ... see the gos- 
pel . . . believe the gospel!" 

That's the theme of Barbee Breth- 
ren Church, Barbee Lakes, Ind. This 
is the only church in the Brethren 
denomination, and perhaps the only 
one of its kind in the country, that 
uses illustrated materials in all its 
services. 

Using all forms of visual aids from 
flannelgraph to chalk drawings, Bar- 
bee specializes in pictures — colored 
slides, filmstrips, and sound-color 
movies. The church was started by a 
Brethren layman, Foye B. Miller, of 
Winona Lake, a director of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 
He acted in response to the request 
of several families who wanted a 
local Sunday school and church. 
About ten miles northeast of Wi- 
nona Lake, Barbee is in the heart 
of the Indiana lake region. 

After making a canvass of the 
field, Mr. Milbr secured the use of 
the Barbee Conservation Clubhouse, 
an ideal building for public serv- 
ices. Having the illustrated idea in 
mind, he announced the opening of 
the Barbee Brethren Church. His 
efforts were all on his own, without 
the aid of any group or church. It 
has been self-supporting from the 
very first service and has a growing 
building fund besides. 

The opening service had an at- 
tendance of 51, and lasted an hour 
and 15 minutes. The Bible lesson, 
pictures and message were all dove- 
tailed together. Mr. Miller made 
slides of the lesson, verse by verse, 
title, golden text, and all. Sprinkled 
between them were slides of draw- 
ings, pictures, et cetera, to illustrate 
the lesson. This is the basic Barbee 
idea — to see the gospel as you hear 
it — or visualize to emphasize. 

The entire congregation — adults, 
children and all — were seated in one 
auditorium and taught together as 
one class. This system continued 
several months; then a division was 
made. After the main pictures were 



shown, the children assembled in 
another room for further teaching. 
At this point, Miss Wilhelmiena 
Van Egdom, Winona Lake, Ind., 
widelv known teacher and a director 
of Child Evangelism Fellowship, 
joined the Barbee family and has 
had charge of the children ever since. 

Speaker at the first service was 
Rev. Nathan Meyer, a missionary- 
minded pastor and professor, who 
had encoura<^ed Mr. Miller in the 
venture. Different speakers were 
used each Sunday for a few months, 
then Rev. Robert Dell became a 
student pastor. About a year ago 
Rev. George Cripe, a Grace Semin- 
ary senior, assumed the pastorate 
and is now ministering to the work. 
Mr. Cripe is a former aid in the 
Billy Graham campaigns, serving 
under the auspices of the Navigators 
in the European meetings. 

Filmstrips and colored-sound 
movies are frequently used. Every 
Sunday-morning service is illustrat- 
ed. Currently the complete "Life of 
Christ" is being shown in a series 
of gospel movies extending over 26 
Sundays. Each showing lasts about 
twenty minutes. 

The morning service now runs 
an hour and a half. Evening serv- 
ices are held for both junior and 
senior young people, followed by 
an evening worship service. Many of 
these are illustrated. Midweek 
prayer meeting and Bible study is 
on Thursday evening. A printed 
church bulletin is issued every Sun- 
day. The church is 100 percent in 
sending the Brethren Missionary 
Herald magazine to all its members 
and prospects. 

John Watts, another seminary 
senior, teaches the Sunday-school 
lesson for adults, using a fill-in 
quarterly, preceding the sermon by 
Mr. Cripe. A novel feature of the 
morning service is the "recognition" 
of all visitors, or new friends as Ihey 
are called at Barbee. 



Spiritual and numerical growth 
has been gradual and consistent from 
the first Sunday. Attendance is 
steady the year around, with a peak 
of 161. Last August the group 
organized with 35 charter members 
and voted unanimously to join the 
Brethren home-mission family. Since 
then 1 1 more have been added fol- 
lowing baptism and another group 
is awaiting baptism. Mr. Miller at- 
tributes this growth to the faithful 
presentation of the Gospel by Broth- 
er Cripe and others associated with 
him. 

It should be pointed out that be- 
sides the usual weekly services Bar- 
bee has a very active youth program, 
with summer Saturday night round- 
ups, winter teen-time and skating 
parties. A definite and regular call- 
ing ministry is maintained, along 
with a weekly absentee follow-up 
system. Awards are given for faith- 
ful attendance and for study of the 
Bible lesson. The church was dedi- 
cated to missions at the first service 
when the offerings (about $ 1 8) were 
turned over to the home and foreign 
fields. 

Being a former newspaperman 
with training in art and engraving, 
Mr. Miller was able to start tne work 
by making most of his color slides, 
an item that would have been pro- 
hibitive to many. Prior to this, he 
had had considerable experience as 
a Sunday-school superintendent and 
teacher. Barbee is the fourth Breth- 1 
ren church he and Mrs. Miller have ' 
had the privilege to help start. They 
were charter members of Cleveland, 
Winona Lake and Leesburg Brethren 
churches. 

While the illustrated idea is at- 
tracting increasing attention and in- 
terest, Mr. Miller says it is no "pan- 
acea" or "cure-all" for church 
attendance. It helps, but illustration' 
can never replace visitation, he in- 
sists. Barbee uses pictures as a sup- 
plement to the gospel teaching, not | 
as a substitute. 



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The Barbee Brethren Church Growth Illustrated 



Barbee Conservation 
P Clubhouse 




Home of 
Barbee Brethren Church 




A recent Sunday-morning service at Barbee Brethren Church Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Miller pioneering their ftiurth thurch 





Wilhelmiena Van 



in Egdom giving 
for the children 



an illustrated lesson George Cripe, student pastor The nursery department 




The beginning Barbee Brethren group 



March 15, 1958 



169 



NEWS 



DAYTON, OHIO. A new at- 
tendance record for the morning 
worship was set Mar. 2 at the Cal- 
vary Brethren Church when 123 
were present. Services are held :in 
the Christian Activity Center. Henry 
Barnhart is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. An "every 
member evangelism workshop" was 
conducted Mar. 2 at the North 
Riverdale Brethren Church by 
Horace Dean. Several other churches 
and their pastors of the area were 
present at the workshop, which pro- 
vided an unusual type of discussion 
and instruction as to the most ef- 
fective methods in personal evan- 
gelism. Russell Ward is pastor. 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. Miss 
Marcia Hulliberger, a member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, has 
been named valedictorian of her 
high-school class. She plans to enter 
Grace College. Along with her scho- 
lastic achievements, she is ihe 
church organist, president of ihe 



local BYF, and president of the 
district SMM. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Rev. 
John Aeby, pastor of th; Grace 
Brethren Church, has requested that 
extra copies of the Missionary 
Herald be sent each week to the 
church, and these will be given to 
visitors who attend the services. 
Brother Aeby declares: "I have 
found this most effective in reaching 
folk." 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 
board of trustees of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council is meeting 
here Mar. 17-19. Pray for the guid- 
ance of the Holy Spirit upon this 
meeting. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Ashland 
Theological Seminary has been 
moved from the campus of Ashland 
College and is now housed in the 
former residence of John C. Myers, 
on Center St. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Senior 
Day, for all high-school seniors, will 
be held at Grace College on Apr. 1 8- 
19. Pastors are urged to bring a car- 
load of young people. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. The lay- 
men of the Mid-Atlantic Fellowship 
met for their quarterly meeting at 
the Grace Brethren Church on Feb. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at 
least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 



Church 

Roanoke, Va. . . 
Sterling, Ohio 

Roann, Ind 

Dayton, Ohio 

(N. Riverdale) . 
Fort Lauderdale, 

Fla 

Canton, Ohio . . . 
Mansfield, Ohio . 
Uniontown, Pa. . 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) ... 
Englewood, Ohio 
Alexandria, Va. 
Harrisburg, Pa. . 
Cedar Rapids, 

Iowa 

Long Beach, 

Calif. (North). 
Cleveland, Ohio . 
Buena Vista, Va. . 
Palmyra, Pa. . . . 
Johnstown, Pa. . 
Limestone, Tenn. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) 
Osceola, Ind. 
York, Pa 



Date 

Mar. 16-23 
Mar. 17-30 
Mar. 17-30 



Pastor 

Vernon Harris 
James Young 
Kenn Gangel 



Mar. 18-30 Russell Ward 

Mar. 23-27 Ralph Colburn 

Mar. 23-30 John Dilling 

Mar. 23-Apr. 6 M. L. Myers 

Mar. 26-Apr. 6 R. Paul Miller, Jr. 

Mar. 30-Apr. 6 Jack Peters 

Mar. 30-Apr. 6 Lon Karns 

Mar. 30-Apr. 6 John Burns 

Mar. 30-Apr. 6 Conard Sandy 



Speaker 

Herman Koontz. 
Scott Weaver. 
Lon Karns. 

Crusade Team. 

Herbert Pugmire. 
B. Schneider. 
A. R. Kriegbaum. 
R. DeArmey. 

L. L. Grubb. 
Lester Pifer. 
John Whitcomb. 
Homer Kent, Jr. 



Mar. 30-Apr. 6 Robert Clouse R. Barrows. 



Mar. 30-Apr. 6 . Geo. Peek 

Mar. 31 -Apr. 6 Clair Brickel . 

Mar. 31-Apr. 6 Edward Lewis 

Apr. 6-20 Robert Markley 

Apr. 14-27 Russell Weber 

Apr. 20-27 Clarence Lackey 

Apr. 20-30 Robert Crees 

Apr. 20-May 4 Scott Weaver 

Apr. 21-27 Herman Koontz 



Geo. Peek. 
Paul Bauman. 
John Becker. 
Crusade Team. 
Herman Hein. 
Lester Pifer. 

Mark Malles. 
Joe Day. 
James Dixon. 



15. Rev. William Howard, pastor- 
elect of the Gay Street Brethren 
Church, of Hagerstown, was the 
guest speaker. About 80 attended 
the rally even though five inches of 
snow had fallen during the after- 
noon. Dr. John Walvoord, president 
of Dallas Theological Seminary, 
conducted a prophetic conference 
at the Grace Brethren Church, Feb. 
20-23. Dr. Walvoord spoke to the 
fundamental ministers of the area 
who have now organized. Warren 
Tamkin is pastor. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. The 
First Brethren Church is remodel- 
ing their basement to make it avail- 
able for the work of the Sunday 
school. The six-point system was 
recently inaugurated. Clair Brickel 
is pastor. 

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. The 
mission board of the Northern Ohio 
District is investigating this area 
with the possibility that a Bible class 
will be started. If you know of 
any folk who live in this city, please 
forward the name to Rev. John Dil- 
ling, 1917 Third St. S.E., Canton, 
Ohio. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. On Mar. 
1 6 a group of laymen from the Grace 
Brethren Church will travel to Wi- 
nona, Minn., to conduct the service 
for the church there, while Glen 
Welbom, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, of Winona, Minn., 
travels to Waterloo to be guest 
speaker at the Grace Brethren 
Church here. John Aeby is pastor. 

WARS.A.W, IND. The dedication 
of the remodeled building of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
was observed on Mar. 2. Rev. Mark 
Malles, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was 
the guest speaker. Tnere were 130 
present for Sunday school on Feb. 
24. Robert Cover is pastor. A full 
report of this new work will be given 
in an early issue of the Missionary 
Herald. 

ELYRIA, OHIO. The laymen of 
the Northern Ohio District are 
urged to attend the district rally 
being held here at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church on Mar. 24, at 7:30 p.m. 
Galen Lingenfelter will be the host 
pastor. 

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. The new 
address of the Grace Brethren 
Church is 3455 Atlas St., and the 
church phone is BR 7-5364. The 
new address Rev. Archer Baum is 
3490 Atlas St., and the new phone 
is BR 7-4992. Please change An- 
nual. 



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''dromWherelSir 



In the February 1958 issue of 
The Baptist BuOetin, published by 
the General Association of Regular 
Baptists (GARB), is the last of a 
series of four articles under the 
title: "Erroneous Teachings Con- 
cerning Christian Baptism" by R. 
G. Burrows, M.D. This five-thou- 
sand-word paper was written as a 
refutation of infant baptism, bap- 
tismal regeneration and trine immer- 
sion. The paper, as published, is 
Iwithout outline, subdivisions or 
classification of subject matter, ex- 
icept for one section which intro- 
mices the subject of trine immersion. 
JThis "erroneous" teaching was im- 
portant enough to demand a sub- 
title. Had the writer divided the 
paper into topics it would have been 
considered as a general treatment of 
the subject of baptism. Apparently, 
to the writer, the most erroneous 
jteaching of the three subjects is trine 
'immersion. It is true that Dr. Bur- 
rows states that of the three all too 
;common erroneous teachings, trine 
immersion is the least problematical. 
Strange indeed that the least im- 
portant is given the most impor- 
tance. 

The purpose of this article is not 
to display any un-Christian attitude 
toward our Christian brother; but 
when history is flaunted, and facts 
ire distorted, one must express his 
disagreement. 

BAUMAN MISREPRESENTED 

For the convenience of our read- 
ers we quote the first paragraph 
3f Dr. Burrows under the subtitle: 
Trine Immersion." 

"Trine immersion is that practice 
af the ordinance of baptism, as held 
by certain groups of churches, in 
which the candidate is immersed 
thrice, each time in the name of one 
person of the divine trinity. Those 
A-ho practice this form of administra- 
tion of baptism claim that it is 'the 
symbol of baptism into the Triune 
God.' L. S. Bauman, of the Grace 
Brethren denomination, says that it 
is the most generally practiced form 
3f baptism even today, that it is 
practiced by the Greek and Roman 
;::;athoUcs, by the Armenians, by the 
Moravians, . . . and by others!" 
So writes Dr. Burrows. 

One of the most comprehensive 
Dooklets ever published on the 
iundamentals of the Christian faith 



BRETHREN CONDEMNED OF 
ERRONEOUS TEACHING 

By Arnold R. Kriegbaum 



is "The Faith Once For All Dehver- 
ed Unto The Saints" by the late 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman. It is to this 
book that Dr. Burrows makes sev- 
eral distorted references. 

Dr. Bauman does not make any 
such statement as suggested by Dr. 
Burrows in the paragraph above. 
Such a statement would be con- 
trary to fact. Intentionally or igno- 
rantly. Dr. Burrows omitted seven 
words from Dr. Bauman's text, and 
the omission of the words "all use 
the triple aciion in baptism," changes 
the whole meaning of the original 
statement. Dr. Bauman's statement 
is to the effect that there are more 
who recognize and practice the 
triple action in baptism than there 
are those who recognize a single 
action in baptism, whether it be by 
sprinkling, pouring or by immer- 
sion. That statement will stand the 
test of truth, and let the objector 
present evidence that the statement 
is contrary to present-day facts. 

Misquoting a man, or misrepre- 
senting what a man actually says is 
not complimentary to the one guilty. 

HISTORY FLAUNTED 

The next paragraph by Dr. Bur- 
rows reads as follows: 

"It is not easy to determine when 
trine immersion was introduced, ac- 
cording to Armitage. As one writer 
says, it was the general usage of all 
churches from the end of the second 
to the twelfth century. Tertullian, 
about A.D. 200, was the first author 
to actually name it, and he insisted 
on its practice by arguing that in 
Matthew 28:19 Christ did not say, 
"baptize into my death." Jerome, 
about A.D. 400, explained the rea- 
son for trine immersion in that it 
was representative of the divine 
trinity. Augustine added to this that 
it also symbolized the Lord's resur- 
rection on the third day. In the sixth 
century there was a controversy on 
the subject of trine immersion, be- 
cause some more orthodox 'priests' 
(Eunomius was the name of one) 
had begun single immersion in pro- 
test against the teaching of the Arian 
heretics that trine immersion taught 
the inequality of the persons of the 
trinity. Because of this argument of 
the Arians, Pope Gregory assented 
to the use of single immersion, but 
many yet persisted in the practice 
of trine immersion. In A.D. 633, a 



council was called in Spain. It sided 
with the Pope, but it was, according 
to Armitage, a long time before trine 
immersion was abandoned." 

Dr. Bauman had a phrase which 
he frequently used in his preaching. 
He would say: "In the name of com- 
mon sense . . . et cetera, et cetera." 
We can only ask of the writer of the 
above paragraph: "In the name of 
common sense" what has been 
proved or disproved? Is this sup- 
posed to show when trine immersion 
was first practiced? Is this type of 
writing suppose to refute trine im- 
mersion? Does this paragraph pro- 
vide one valid argument which either 
disproves trine immersion or proves 
single immersion? 

We should get the historical facts 
straight. Dr. John T. Christian (Bap- 
tist), in his book "Immersion, The 
Act of Christian Baptism" published 
by the Baptist Book Concern, Louis- 
ville, Ky., writes (p. 168): "In 633 
the Spanish Council known as the 
Fourth Council of Toledo was 
called by King Sismand. It was com- 
posed of the Archbishops of Seville, 
Narbonne, Braga, Merida, Toledo, 
and Tarragona, with fifty-three suf- 
fragan bishops, and with seven pres- 
byters representing bishops. A 
change had been made from trine 
immersion to single immersion. Al- 
though this change had been in- 
dorsed by the most venerable 
bishops, and by a letter from Pope 
Gregory, the people were indignant 
and much excited." 

This is history, and the embar- 
rassing fact is established that those 
who practice single immersion are 
following the dictates of a Pope. 

Dr. Christian in his chapter on 
"The Teaching of the Twelve 
Apostles" states: "In 1884 a trans- 
lation of this work was given to the 
English-speaking world by Arch- 
deacon Farrar. It had been dis- 
covered by Bryennios in 1873, and 
an edition of it printed by him in 
1883. . . . The famous chapter that 
was reUed on to do such wonderful 
things is found in the Constantinople 
edition, pp. 27-29, and is translated 
by Dr. Schaff as follows: 'Now con- 
cerning baptism, baptize thus: Hav- 
ing first taught all these things, 
baptize ye in the name of the Father, 



(Continued on page 176) 



Morc/i 75, 7958 



171 



By GLENN O'NEAL, Ph.D. 



HEALING 



COULD WE BE MISTAKEN? 



As long as we have people with 
affliction, there will be "faith heal- 
ers." And as long as there are "faith 
healers," people with affliction will 
be attracted to them. No matter how 
well taught he has felt his people 
to be, every pastor has been appalled 
to hear that one of his flock has 
joined the "heahng hne" at the 
"big tent," or has been faithfully 
placing his hands on the television 
set. 

In order to attempt to clarify the 
picture for the honest seeker after 
truth, several mistaken attitudes to- 
ward healing are presented. 

God Never Heals 

It is a mistake to say that God 
never heals. There is a danger on 
the part of those who abhor the 
many malpractices in connection 
with religious healing, to neglect to 
teach that God encourages prayer 
for the sick. James 5:14-16 inquires: 
"Is any sick among you? let him 
call for the elders of the church; 
and let them pray over him, anoint- 
ing him with oil in the name of the 
Lord: And the prayer of faith shall 
save the sick, and the Lord shall 
raise him up; and if he have com- 
mitted sins, they shall be forgiven 
him. Confess your faults one to an- 
other, and pray one for another, that 
ye may be healed. The effectual 
fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." 

Many instances could be given 
to substantiate the fact that God is 
very much interested in the physical 
needs of His people and makes him- 
self strong on their behalf. A proper 
emphasis on this truth from the pul- 
pit will do much to prevent the faith- 
ful from being swept off their feet 
by the astounding claims of the visit- 
ing evangelist. 



*Pastor, First Brethren Church. 
Ingle wood, Calif. 



Because of Sin 

Also, it is a mistake to say it is 
always God's will to heal. When the 
claim is made that sickness is either 
caused by sin or the Devil, there is 
a failure to take into account that 
God has often used sickness as a 
means of accomplishing His perfect 
will in the lives of His children. 
While all sickness is a result of the 
curse, yet the Apostle Paul, after 
asking the Lord three times to de- 
hver him from an infirmity, was ad- 
monished by the Lord that "My 
grace is sufficient for thee: for my 
strength is made perfect in weak- 
ness" (II Cor. 12:9a). Paul was 
evidently fearful lest he experience 
the same plight as Israel when God 
"gave them their request, but sent 
leanness to their soul" (Ps. 106:15). 
He thus replied to the Lord: "Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory 
in my infirmities, that the power of 
Christ may rest upon me." Many 
who have physical weakness should 
realize that this might be God's 
means of maintaining their fellow- 
ship and usefulness in His service. 

Then too, if it were always God's 
will to heal, no one would ever need 
die. And according to authoritative 
reports, even the best of "faith heal- 
ers" met this fate now and then. 

Faulty Faith 

Another mistake is to suppose 
that if healing has not occurred after 
pray for the sick, faith is faulty. This 
is the explanation that is given by 
the "faith healers" for failures and, 
of course, it is always a weakness in 
faith of the one seeking healing. The 
writer knows a man with a leg dif- 
ficulty who was asked to testify over 
a radio program that he was healed 
to demonstrate his faith. As he 
limped off the platform, he asked the 
attendant the reason for not being 
healed. "Ah," he replied, "that 
proves that you do not have faith." 



This makes a very convenient ex- 
planation when prayers do not pro- 
duce the promised effect. 

But there are many, who do not 
have anything to do with "faith 
healers," who are disturbed over the 
possibility that if they had the faith 
they would be healed. But, remem- 
ber, our faith is based on the vvaitten 
Word, and there is no promise in the 
Scripture that His children are ex- 
empt from suffering. It often takes 
far greater faith to preface our 
prayers for recovery from sickness 
with, "If it be Thy will." 

What should be our attitude to- 
ward sickness and heahng? The 
noted Bible teacher. Dr. A. C. Gaeb- 
elein, gives the following advice: 

"The believer in sickness will first . 
turn to the Lord and seek His face. 
He will also judge himself, confess 
his sins and failure. He will put him- 
self into His gracious hands andi 
ask Him for His blessing in a speedy 
and full recovery, if it pleases Him. 
He will not reject medical counsel, 
but use the means which are avail- 
able, praying all the time that the I 
Lord may bless these means for his ij 
restoration to health. This is Scrip- 1 
tural and the sane way the believer 
follows in sickness, and we may be 
assured has the fullest approval ot 
the Lord Jesus Christ. To know that 
we are in His hands as His children, 
that without His will not even a hair 
can fall from our heads, that all He 
sends and permits must work for 
good, to rest in His gracious will 
without fear or anxiety, is the blessed- 
portion of His beloved children."*! 

But we can all look to the future; 
with great expectancy. For the Lord! 
has promised a day when "there shall j 
be no more death, neither sorrow,! 
nor crying, neither shall there be anyj 
more pain: for the former things arel 
passed away" (Rev. 21:4). Even so,| 
Come Lord Jesus! ! 



*Gaebelein, A. C. The Healing Question] 
(Publication Office "Our Hope," New York 
N. Y.. 1925), P. 131. I 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



BY RUSSELL H. WEBER* 



I 



WORSHIP 



IN THE CHURCH 



Within every person there is a 
desire to worship. The uncivilized 
heathen bows down to idols of wood 
and stone. Some more enlightened 
men give obeisance to a person, or 
persons, who has been elevated by 
men. It is, indeed, important that 
we understand the meaning of wor- 
ship, the mind of God in worship, 
and the method of worship, if we are 
to worship God acceptably in our 
churches. 

The Meaning of Worship 

Our English word worship comes 
from proskuneo and means "to make 
obeisance, do reverence to (from 
pros, toward, and kuneo, to kiss), 
and it is the most frequent word 
Irendered to worship" (Ex. Diet, of 
N. T. Words, W. E. Vine). Several 
other words are also translated wor- 
ship, viz., sebomai, to revere; 
latreuo, to serve; eusebo, to act 
piously. Vine observes: 'The wor- 
ship of God is nowhere defined in 
Scripture, . . . broadly it may be re- 
garded as the direct acknowledge- 
ment to God, of His nature, attri- 
butes, ways and claims, whether by 
the outgoing of the heart in praise 
and thanksgiving, or by the deed 
done in such acknowledgement." 

This being true, it becomes clear 
that worship in the church can be a 
P'eat spiritual force in the lives of 
3elievers. It is not maintained in 
my sense that worship is to be 
confined to the stated services of the 
;hurch, but we desire in this article 
:o point out the distinct spiritual 
Dlessings that await the beUever in 
:he church worship service. 

It should not be necessary to point 
3Ut that acceptable worship is pos- 
iible only for those who have been 
egenerated — bom again — by faith 
n Christ. One who has not come 
nto a vital relationship with God 
;annot possibly make obeisance, do 
eyerence, revere, or serve God. Yet 
t is evident that great throngs regu- 
arly go through the physical man- 
euvers in attending stated services in 
he church with the false notion that 
hey are worshiping God. The cur- 



rent appeal: "Worship God this week 
in the church of your choice," is 
totally inadequate, and can only 
lead to still further ignorance for 
all who are already deceived. 

The Mind of God in Worship 

The mind of God in worship may 
be ascertained from the decalogue; 
the first four commandments have 
specific reference to the worship of 
God. In stating the purpose of the 
Tabernacle, God said: "Let them 
make me a sanctuary; that I may 
dwell among them" (Exod. 25:8). 
David describes the worth of the 
sanctuary when he says: "Strength 
and beauty are in his sanctuary" (Ps. 
96:6). The mind of the Lord is fur- 
ther revealed when we are told to 




•Pastor, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. 



"Worship the Lord in the beauty of 
holiness (Ps. 29:2). Then in Psalm 
132:7 it is noted: "We will go into 
his tabernacles: we will worship at 
his footstool." 

By these and other numerous pas- 
sages, it is seen that God enjoins His 
people to gather together in the 
sanctuary to worship Him. For the 
present-day believer, no specific 
place is given for worship, but our 
Lord distinctly says: "They that 
worship him [God] must worship 
him in spirit and in truth" (John 4: 
24). In the Lord's pronouncement 
of the founding and building of His 
church, He said: "Where two or 
three are gathered together in my 
name, there am I in the midst of 
them" (Matt. 18:20). While be- 



lievers are to practice individual 
worship, it is essential that we gather 
together (numbers are not the im- 
portant factor, as many seem to 
thmk) in public worship for our 
mutual strengthening in grace. 

We have met some few people 
who have maintained there is no 
need for public worship; they in- 
sisted their lives were sufficiently 
enriched by a daily personal contact 
with God. The daily contact is 
doubtless foundational to pubhc 
worship, but God saw fit to give us 
an injunction not to forsake the as- 
sembling of ourselves together (Heb. 
10:25), the obedience of which is 
designed to "provoke us unto love 
and good works." 

The Method of Worship 

Among fundamental churches, 
with which the writer claims identi- 
fication, there has been a tendency 
to emphasize a rather informal type 
of service at the expense of the soul- 
satisfying experience of group wor- 
ship. While the content of our wor- 
ship services should be that which 
would induce obeisance to God, 
many services are characterized by 
irreverence and misconduct. There 
is much whispering, talking, and 
sometimes jesting, when we ought 
to be worshiping God. We need to 
be reminded that God's people have 
always been instructed to approach 
the presence of the Lord with holy 
awe. It is true that we are to "come 
boldly to the throne of grace," but 
we are never given the privilege of 
coming arrogantly, or with human 
familiarity. The mountain of God 
still smokes with His glory, and we 
must recognize that we are on holy 
ground in the presence of the Lord. 

This is not a plea to return to 
liturgy nor to rank formalism; how- 
ever, we do implore God's people to 
learn the beauty of worshiping God 
in the church in an orderly manner. 
While we have many variations in 
our church services, and we do not 
always intend our services to be of 
the worship type, it is important that 
we are always mindful of God's 



(Continued on page 175) 



^arch IS, 1958 



173 



Our Thoughts 



BY GLEN WELBORN 



■'Let the words of my mouth, and 
the meditation of my heart be ac- 
ceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my 
strength, and my redeemer" (Ps. 
19:14). 

Last week we considered the first 
part of David's prayer concerning 
"the words of my mouth." Now we 
will consider the part of his prayer 
dealing with something more pain- 
ful than our words — our thoughts. 
The thing that makes it more pain- 
ful is that we can hide our thoughts 
from man by keeping our mouths 
shut. But mouths shut or open, God 
knows them all. "Man looketh on 
the outward appearance," and is 
often fooled, "but the Lord looketh 
on the heart" and judges unerringly 
(I Sam. 16:7). 

THE SINFUL THOUGHT-LIFE 

The heart is the great battleground 
where life's decisive battles are won 
and lost. "For as he thinketh in Jiis 
heart, so is he" (Prov. 23:7a). Jesus 
said: "Ye have heard that it was said 
by them of old time. Thou shall not 
commit adultery: But I say unto you. 
That whosoever looketh on a woman 
to lust after her hath committed 
adultery with her already in his 
heart" (Matt. 5:27-28). Even pas- 
tors have gone down to defeat via 
this very sin. But the defeat came 
on the battleground of the heart. 
There were some mornings before 
they committed the outward act that 
they did not pray the prayer of 
David: "Let the meditation of my 
heart be acceptable in thy sight, O 
Lord, my strength, and my redeem- 
er." David had lost a similar battle, 
and he learned the necessity of im- 
ploring God for victory in his 
thought-life. If a man's heart is pure 
and clean, his life will be pure and 
clean. Here is a point where none of 
us dare be dishonest with our own 
hearts. 

Following are two Scriptures, 
from among many, which declare 
God's knowledge of all hidden sin: 
"Then Job answered the Lord, and 
said, I know that thou canst do every 
thing, and that no thought can be 
withholden from thee" (Job 42:1-2). 
"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and 
known me. Thou knowest my down- 

174 



sitting and mine uprising, thou un- 
derstandest my thought afar off" (Ps. 
139:1-2). 

Both of these passages also give 
examples of God's knowledge of our 
thoughts. In the case of the man sick 
with palsy, Jesus said: "Son, be of 
good cheer; thy sins be forgiven 
thee. And, behold, certain of the 
scribes said within themselves. This 
man blasphemeth. And Jesus [being 
God] knowing their thoughts said. 
Wherefore think ye evil in your 
hearts" (Matt. 9:2-4). God knows 
the hyprocritical heart. Could it be 
that some of us are more pious out- 
wardly than we actually are in our 
hearts? (I say "some" because others 
show little or no piety in life). There 
arose reasoning among the disciples 
about which of them should be the 
greatest. "And Jesus, perceiving the 
thought of their heart, took a child, 
and set him by him," and gave them 
a lesson in humility and greatness 
(Luke 9:46-48). God knows all 
about our secret selfish ambitions. 

We should look at two other 
Scriptures showing how hidden sin 
affects our lives, even though such 
sin reaches no further than the heart. 
Hidden sin will ruin our prayer life. 
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the 
Lord will not hear me" (Ps. 66:18). 
This is one reason why prayers are 
not answered. Hidden sin in the 
heart will destroy our confidence to- 
ward God. "For if our heart con- 
demn us, God is greater than our 
heart, and knoweth all things. Be- 
loved, if our heart condemn us not, 
then have we confidence toward 
God" (I John 3:20-21). He wants us 
to confide in Him. But hidden sin 
condemns us and we draw back. 

Here is another thought. How is 
it with our giving to the Lord? Do 
we give our tithes and offerings out 
of a sense of moral duty? Or be- 
cause we think others may discover 
that we are robbing the Lord? Or 
do we give cheerfully to the Lord 
out of a heart that loves Him? 
"Every man according as he pur- 
poseth in his heart, so let him give; 
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for 
God loveth a cheerful giver" (II Cor. 
9:7). 




It should also be noted that God's 
judgment is based on secret sin jusi 
as surely as on the outward act ol 
sin. Past judgment reveals this. "And 
God saw that the wickedness of man 
was great in the earth, and that ever\ 
imagination of the thoughts of his 
heart was only evil continually" 
(Gen. 6:5). Because of these two 
kinds of sin, the judgment of the 
Flood came. Future judgment will 
reveal the same. "In the day when 
God shall judge the secrets of men 
by Jesus Christ according to my 
gospel" (Rom. 2:16). 

WAR AND VICTORY 

Yes, indeed, we are in war! The 
heart is the great battleground. But 
victory, even in this life, is assured 
if we follow the directives in the 
Book of our Captam. "For though 
we walk in the flesh, we do not war 
after the flesh: (For the weapons of 
our warfare are not camal, but 
mighty through God to the pulling 
down of strong holds;) Casting down 
imaginations, and every high thing 
that exalteth itself against the 
knowledge of God, and bringing into 
captivity every thought to the obe- 
dience of Christ" (II Cor. 10:3-5). 
Apply this, and victory in the 
thought-Ufe is certain. 

MEDITATE ON THESE 

ON GOD. David said: "I remem-^ 
ber thee upon my bed, and meditate 
on thee in the night watches" (Ps. 
63:6). "I will sing unto the Lord as 
long as I live: I will sing praise to 
my God while I have my being. My 
meditation of him shall be sweet: 
I will be glad in the Lord" (Ps. 104i 
33-34). It is impossible for sin tc 
control our thought-life when oui 

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meditation is upon the incomparable 
Christ. 

IN GOD'S WORD. The blessed 
man in Psalm 1 has his dehght "in 
the law of the Lord; and in his law 
doth he meditate day and night." 
For spiritual prosperity and good 
success, see the formula in Joshua 
1:8. 

OF GOD'S WORKS. "I will re- 
member the works of the Lord: 
surely I will remember thy wonders 
of old. I will meditate also of all thy 
work, and talk of thy doings" (Ps. 
17:11-12). "I remember the days of 
old; I meditate on all thy works; 
I muse on the work of thy hands" 
(Ps. 143:5). 

There is enough embodied in 
these three to keep our minds and 
hearts filled to overflowing with 
acceptable meditation. Conse- 
quently there will be no room for 
impure and evil thoughts to live in 
our hearts. 

WORSHIP 

(Continued from page 173) 

presence in the church, which is 
iedicated to His glory. 

Inasmuch as the church worship 
service is designed to lift the soul 
:o God, we make the following sug- 
gestions in order to insure greater 
)lessing in the church service. Every- 
one should be in his place when the 
prelude begins. If compelled to be 
ate, do not rush into the audito- 
ium without the instruction of the 
ishers; there are usually stated timss 
vhen latecomers may be seated. 
Jshers should be instructed not to 
eat latecomers when (a) the Scrip- 
ures are being read, (b) when spe- 
cial music is being presented, or (c) 
vhen the choir is singing. No dis- 
urbances should be toler'ated, such 
s talking by adults. Babes in arms 
hould be quickly taken to an ante- 
oom when they become restless, 
ivery part of the service should be 
fdl planned, and every announce- 
lent should be made with dignity. 

By following a few such simple 
ules, each person in the service will 
p brought into an attitude of wor- 
[lip, and will be prepared to re- 
pive the message from the Word 
f God. Thus will we be able to give 
peisance to God, we will be en- 
'led to reverence Him as we 
lould, and we will come away from 
le Lord's house with a soul-refresh- 
ig experience. 

orch 75, 7958 



No Greater Love 

I walked one day on a lonely road. 
My soul in deep despair. 
I sought m vain to loose the load, 
Tnat sm, my sin, had planted there. 

When in the distance I perceived, 
A man bent low with care. 
He bore in agony a cross. 
That sin, my sin, had planted there. 

I cried aloud as He drew near. 
His hands were pierced and torn. 
His grief so far outweighed my own, 
And I had dared to mourn. 

His eyes of love were turned on me, 
His voice was soft and free. 
"Why bear you still the load I took, 
Through death on Calvary?" 

"Why Lord," in awe and shame I cried, 
"Didst Thou all this for me?" 
His answer I shall ne'er forget, 
"Because of love for thee." 

Now as the road of time 1 tread. 
My Saviour walks with me. 
He bears the load, He paid the price. 
That bought me liberty. 



— Donald O. Cripe 



QUOTABLE QUOTES 

Compiled by John E. Southard 



Wise is the man who knows what 
not to say and remembers not to say 
it. 

Even the turtle gets nowhere until 
it sticks its neck out. 

The mustard seed is the sign of 
faith, the clover leaf the sign offear. 

The greatness of our fear shows 
us how little is our faith. 

Faith either removes mountains 
or tunnels through. 

Folk v/ho never do anymore than 
they get paid for seldom get paid 
for anymore than they do. 

Remember the teakettle — though 
up to its neck in hot water, it con- 
tinues to sing. 

There are no victories without 
conflicts, no rainbow without a cloud 
and a storm. 

Consider the postage stamp. Its 
value lies in sticking to one thing 
undl it gets there. 

You have given no gift to God if 
you have not given yourself. 

Many people who will not read a 
Bible will read a Christian. 



Meekness toward God brings 
power toward men. 

The man who lacks courage to 
start has made a finish already. 

You can't be down in the mouth 
and up on your toes at the same 
time. 

The Lord takes notice, not only 
of what we give, but of what we 
have left. 

It is not the man with a motive 
but the man with a purpose who 

wins. 

Some men think they have made a 
success of life when all they have 
made is money. 

Even a tombstone will say good 
things about a fellow when he is 
down. 

You may give without loving, but 
you can't love without giving. 

The best way to look at trouble 
is through the wrong end of a tele- 
scope. 

The most untameable thing in the 
world has its den just back of the 
teeth. 

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The Golden Glow 

of Easter 



By Dorothy C Haskin 



Loretta Bingham dried her eyes, 
and with her husband's arm about 
her shoulders walked away from her 
mother's bedside. Through the mist 
of tears, she said: "As long as 
mother had to go, I'm t,lad she went 
at Easter tmis." 

"Why, darling?" he asked. 
"Because that makes it easier to 
explain to the children. The only 
time during the years that one can 
really face death is at Easter." 

"Yes," he nodded, "in the light 
of the resurrection." 

"Because I live, ye shall live also 
(John 14:19," Loretta murmured. 

She and her husband went home, 
and gathered their three children 
around them. Though the cry was 
"How's Gram?" Loretta reminded 
them first of the coming Easter sea- 
son, and of the joy of the resurrec- 
tion. Then she told them, "In a 
couple of days, you will see men put 
your grandmother's body in the 
grave, but while you will miss her, 
you need not grieve. She is with the 
Lord." 

It was a solace which comforted 
the hearts of the Bingham family 
through the days to come. They at- 
tended the Easter services on Sun- 
day, and on Monday, carried the 
spirit of Easter over into the memo- 
rial services of their grandmother. 
It is unfortunate that every one 
cannot die at Easter time when 
death wears its golden robe of resur- 
rection. But inasmuch as that can- 
not be, each parent can take ad- 
vantage of Easter sometime during 
the day to sit down and explain to 
their children death in its light. 

Admit the inevitableness of Death. 
"Wherefore, as by one man sin 
entered into the world, and death 



by sin; and so death passed upon all 
men, for that all have sinned" (Rom. 
5:12). Let your children realize that 
death may come at any minute be- 
cause it comes equally without warn- 
ing to both the young and the old. 
A realization of the possibility of 
death has had a salutary effect on 
many people, encouraging them to 
walk closer to the Lord. 

Stress the joyousness of being 
with Christ. The Apostle Paul from 
his prison cell in Rome wrote ".For 
me to live is Christ, and to die is 
gain . . . having a desire to depart, 
and to be with Christ; which is far 
better" (Phil. 1:21, 23). As greatly 
as Paul cherished serving the Lord, 
his heart looked forward to the day 
when he would be in the actual pres- 
ence of his Saviour. 

Avoid misrepresentation of Scrip- 
ture to prove your point. Some par- 
ents in their endeavor to teach their 
children about heaven quote "Eye 
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither 
have entered into the heart of man, 
the things which God hath prepared 
for thern that love him" (I Cor. 2:9) 
as if it referred to heaven. Actually 
the next verse says: "But God hath 
revealed them unto us by his Spirit," 
so the verse must be speaking of 
something which is possible to know 
here on earth. 

Teach the information to be found 
in Scripture. It is true that there is 
not enough in Scripture to satisfy 
our curiosity. We would all like to 
ask a thousand questions about 
heaven. But we can know the most 
blessed thing possible about death 
and that is that it is "to be absent 
from the body, and to be present 
with the Lord" (II Cor. 5:8). 

(Copr. ERA, 1958) 



BRETHREN CONDEMNED OF 
ERRONEOUS TEACHING 

(Continued from page 171) 

and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost, in living water. And if thou 
hast not living water, baptize in 
other water; and if thou canst not 
in cold, then in warm [water]. But 
if thou hast neither, pour [water] 
thrice upon the head in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost' " (pp. 119-120). 

Philip Schaff, perhaps the leading 
church historian of the past century 
declared: "The Didache, the cata- 
comb pictures, and the teachings of 
the Fathers, Greek and Latin, are 
in essential harmony on this point 
and thus confirm one another. They 
all bear witness to trine immersion 
as a rule . . . This view is supported 
by the best scholars, Greek, Latin 
and Protestant." 

The testimony of history is so 
overwhelmingly in favor of trine 
immersion, that Dr. Bauman re- 
minds his readers (p. 26) that "not 
one single testimony have we for 
the practice of single immersion for 
nearly four hundred years after 
Christ. If, as some contend, trine 
immersion was an innovation, origi- 
nating at the close of the first cen- 
tury, "or early in the second, does it 
not seem strange indeed that, so far 
as we have record, not a single voice 
was raised to protest against it in 
those first centuries of the church? 
If it be true that the first thousands 
of Christians, under the personal 
direction of the apostles themselves 
had been baptized by single immer- 
sion, and then a strange new fonr 
of baptism, without apostolic sanc- 
tion, supplanted the true form, anc 
no voice was lifted against it,— 
surely, if that be true, it is th( 
strangest circumstance in history!' 

CONCLUSION h 

Who is the teacher of erroneou| 
doctrine? Is it the one who stand 
by the testimony that can be trace( 
to the Apostolic Canons (The Ante 
Nicene Fathers, "V. vii., p. 503); ii 
Clement (A.D. 150); to the Didach. 
(the oldest extant Christian liter; 
ature, outside the Bible itself); or i 
the one who argues for single im 
mersion without a thread of evidenc 
to substantiate his claim. 

Let the one who cries in defsnv 
of single immersion supply his gre;, 
burden of proof that this form 
taught in the Scriptures, confirme 
by history and confirmed by tl 
original languages. 



Tlie BRETHREN 






)UCATIONAL NUMBER 



MARCH 22, 1958 




The Grace College Choir 



EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President in Charge of Public Relations 



-fB^ 




Their Zeal Should InspJre Many — 

In the Educational Number of the Missionary Herald 
last October an article appeared entitled "Doing Some- 
thing About It." It contained the story of a goal set by 
the First Brethren Church, of Washington, D. C, in 
which they attempted to give S3, 180 to the Grace Col- 
lege Buildmsi Fund during the five months October 1957 
through February 1958." This represented one square 
foot of floor space for each member of the church, old 
and young. The task was not an easy one, for two years 
before the Washington church had entered a building en- 
largement program costing $135,000. Payments were 
being made on schedule, but there still remained an in- 
debtedness of SI 00,000. Nevertheless the congregation 
voted unanimously to undertai^e the program. 

Just as the magazine was about to go to press a let- 
ter arrived from" Pastor James Dixon, telling of the 
church's completion of the goal with an offering of 
$3,361. The letter has been reproduced in full on page 
180, not only because it completes a story which began 
last October, but also because it reveals the kind of de- 
termination which always leads to success in the work 
of the Lord. If every church would tackle the Square 
Foot Plan with the same determination as the brethren 
in Washington, the new Grace College buildings could 
be erected" without the necessity of returning to our 
churches with any further appeal for building funds. 

Congratulations to the First Brethren Church, of 
Washington, D. C, and to their pastor, Brother Dixon. 
We trust it may be said of you as it was said of the Co- 
rinthian church (II Cor. 9:2): "Your zeal hath pro- 
voked very many ' [literally, "your zeal hath stirred up 
the greater number of them"]. 

Do You Have a Square Foot at Grace? 

A square foot of floor space in almost any building 
these days costs at least SIO, and this is the approximate 
cost for that area in each of the two new buildings now 
under construction on the Grace campus. A person can- 
not even sit comfortably in a building without occupying 
at least eight square feet of floor space. At least, this 
is the amount allowed by architects when they design 
school classrooms. Wouldn't you like to provide 
an amount of floor space that you could, in a certain 
sense of the term, call your own? Would you not re- 
joice to know that you have provided at least that much 
space for your son, your daughter, or that young per- 
son from your church who is now attending Grace Col- 
lege or who will attend one of these days? Make it a 
matter of prayer, and from month to month, as the Lord 
leads you, use that little envelope from the packet sup- 
plied by your church. 



Sen/or Day, April 18 — 

Yes; this is the date of the annual all-day program 
at Grace College prepared especially for high-school 
seniors and their pastors or sponsors. On this day visit- 
ing high-school young people have an opportunity to 
att^end regular college classes, special assemblies, and 
other varied activities of a college campus. Those at- 
tending will be served meals in the college dormitory as 
guests"of the student body. In the evening students will 
present Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 
Our Town. 

Pastors or sponsors intending to bring groups, or 
students planning to attend, should write immediately 
for information or reservations. Address your letter to 
Senior Day, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. If rooms 
are needed for Thursday or Friday nights, please in- 
dicate in advance. 

Grace Seminary and Foreign Missions — 

Easter Sunday is April 6. Throughout the country 
our foreign missionary responsibility and the needs 
of our missionary program are being emphasized by 
Brethren pastors. In the midst of its building program 
Grace Seminary and College is not so concerned about 
its own need for funds that the school is unmindful of 
the church's responsibility to "preach the gospel to 
every creature." Through the past twenty years Grace 
Seminary has served a vital role in the missionary pro- 
gram of The Brethren Church. Most of our mission- 
aries received part or all of their training at Grace. 
Other Grace-trained young people are under appoint- 
ment and ready to go when funds are provided. Just 
now students and faculty are praying for the largest 
foreign-mission offering in Brethren history. Are you? 

Our Cover Picture — 

Forming a cross in the Grace Chapel are the 28 mem- 
bers of the college's 1958 touring choir. Twenty-four of 
these young people come from 21 Brethren churches and 
the group represents ten different home states. 

Almost two-thirds of the choir members are travel- 
ing with the choir for the first time. Pictured are front 
row, left to right: Shirley Smith, Marjorie Gonzales; 
2d row: Kathleen Trumble, Jeanette Turner; 3d row: 
Nancy Whittaker, Janet Hammers; 4th row: Lucene 
Sampson, Carolyn Bearinger; 5th row: Darlene Matula, 
Ruth Clingenpeel, Linda Paden, Anne Kliever, Mariel 
DeLattre, Claudia Rundall; 6th row: Marilyn Grubb, 
Dave Hacker, Jerry Young, Charles Bearinger, Ron 
Lane, Terry Kirkpatrick, Cliff Heffner, Edna Robinson; 
7th row: Lynwood Catron, Ray Johnson; 8th row: Jimi 
Custer, Larry Crabb; 9th row: Bill Schaffer, Dave Zim- 
merman. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD 



VOLUME 20, NUMBER 12 



ARNGUJ R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor I 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald\ 



Space Saint 



By Benjamin Hamilton, Research Librarian 



» f 



According to a November 1 1 tele- 
type press release, a Vatican official 
has indicated Roman Catholic au- 
thorities are seeking a candidate for 
patron saint of space travel. The 
most likely choice is Joseph of 
Copertino, a seventeenth century 
Italian Franciscan monk. Roman 
Catholic tradition teaches that the 
would-be patron floated in air during 
religious ecstasies. 

By declaring that Joseph of 
Copertino floated in air to be tradi- 
tion, the Roman Catholic hierarchy 
admits that such tales are not based 
on reliable information. But in the 
church that has its headquarters at 
Rome, tradition is doctrine. Al- 
though it was orally handed down, it 
has been declared by faulty humans 
to be revealed truth. The mythology 
built around Roman Catholic saints 
(so-called) is in reality as fantastic 
and fabulous as many of the strange 
things told about the ancient Greek 
and Roman gods and goddesses. 

In fact, the goddess Aphrodite 
early was replaced in the Latin 
church by female divinities bearing 
5uch names as Margaret, Maria, 
Marina and a host of others. Some 
3f the religious practices connected 
vith worship of Aphrodite — espe- 
;ially concerning Diana of Ephesus 
—were taken over, with little 
;hange, and adapted to the "Mother 
)f God" cult. 

Not long afterwards statues of 
)agan gods and heroes were replaced 
n the church by statues of saints, 
/^eneration of saints, or reverence 
hereof, became so widespread by 
he eighth century that the Nicene 
"ouncil of 787 sanctioned adora- 
ion of saints. In an effort to elimi- 
ate any charge of idolatry, the 
'ouncil distinguished between rever- 
nce due saints and absolute wor- 
hip due only to God. Whatever dis- 
nction there may have been 
etween the adoration of saints and 
'od, although sharply defined in 
le beginning, has largely vanished 

\arcb 22, 1958 



in modern Roman Catholic practice 
— especially in such predominantly 
Catholic areas such as Spain, Latin 
America and similar regions. Today 
such divine attributes are given lo 
Mary and certain other saints, such 
as some of the apostles, that a per- 
son can only wonder how extensive 
the Vatican pantheon of gods will 
become. In the determined rush to 
establish Mary as "Queen of Heav- 
en," and so make this leader of 
Catholic sainthood practically a 
member of the Godhead, Vatican 
authorities are doing all possible lo 
de-emphasize the Lord Jesus Christ. 
The complex system of saints pro- 
vides the Catholic church with a 
means of extracting large sums of 
money from the faithful for medal- 
lions and relics that lack any au- 
thenticity. MedaUions, struck in the 
name of this or that saint, are of- 
fered as good-luck charms. These 
allegedly protect the wearer from 
harm and offer blessings short of 
magic. As employed by Africans in 
many parts of the continent where 
Catholics have been at work, the 
medallions are only substitutes for 
heathen fetishes. The medalhons, of 
course, are no more efficacious as 
panaceas than the rejected fetish. 
In the church at Bassai, French 
Equatorial Africa, it was not un- 
common to see unsaved Karre 
women come forward to accept 
Christ and on doing so remove from 
their necks a loop of string to which 
was attached a narrow strip of metal. 
Such a strip, called a kossa, was al- 
leged to insure good luck. Rejection 
of this badge of paganism symbol- 
ized complete renunciation of 
heathenism. 

In contrast, many Africans wear 
medallions dedicated to saints even 
though they are unaware of the sig- 
nificance. These gadgets are freely 
sold in stores in many African 
towns. Illiterate Africans are unable 
to distinguish these metallic images 
from the beads, bracelets and other 




jewelry with which the medallions 
are freely mixed in store stocks. As a 
result many real Christians, belong- 
ing to a Protestant church, turn up 
wearing a medallion. Some African 
churches remove from membership 
members who habitually wear Cath- 
olic medallions. More often, a care- 
ful explanation will result in an ear- 
nest Christian removing and casting 
aside a medallion he bought in 
error. 

Like the uneducated African, 
large numbers of non-Catholic 
Americans are buying medalhons. 
The Roman Catholic hierarchy is 
doing everything possible to make 
their jewelry, devoted to saints, in- 
creasingly attractive. In the guiss of 
harmless decoration, the Roman 
Catholic church is succeeding in 
getting their unsanctified baubles 
into stores. Even the souvenir 
shops at United States National 
Parks one can find Cathohc gadgets, 
linked up with some park souvenir, 
offered in order to mulct an un- 
suspecting customer. 

How thankful we ought to be that 
we are not the victims of a saint wor- 
ship that removes us far away from 
God the Father and His Son. By 
faith in Jesus Christ we are saints. 
As such we do not have to wear the 
graven images of men and women 
whose lives were, in numerous cases, 
so faulty as to have to be wrapped 
in foolish traditions palmed off as 
supposedly revealed truth. In our 
liberty we should rejoice that 'i 
have such a great high priest as 
Jesus the Son of God, as described 
in Hebrews 4:14-15. Let us trust 
Him rather than a medalhon. 

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'^lAsl Jjremren Glmrcli of ( ^YcukiyKjlon 

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AT 12th & E. SOUTHEAST 
WASHINGTON 3. D.C. 



TELEPHONE LU 



REV, JAMES G DIXON 



March 5, 1958 



Dr. W.A. Ogden 

Grace Setrdnary and College 

Winona Lake, Indiana 



Dear Brother Ogden: 

We rejoice to inform you that we have "gone over the top" in our 
College Building Fund drive. Our goal of $3180 was based upon the 
$10 per irember as suggested by the Grace College Board of Trustees 
last Conference. We allowed ourselves five months for this drive 
with one Sunday per month as special College Day. While much effort 
was spent to get this before our people, we did not seek to reach 
our goal by "robbing from Peter to pay Paul." This was set before 
our people as a sacrificial "must." With over $100,000 building 
indebtedness as well as high winter current expenses, it appeared 
to be a herculean assignment. The first two months had to share 
the spotlight with Home Missions, which received more push than 
ever before. The third month was "Christmas -time" and the last 
two months have been our "depression months." In spite of this 
competition, our drive moved steadily forward, reaching its 
grand climax last Sunday(we allowed ourselves this extra ounday 
to compensate for the Sunday "lost" during the heavy snow stom) 
with a total offering of 4p3,361. 

I am convinced that the only way our churches will resolve the 
responsibility facing us in our College program is to deliberately 
launch a program such as we have just finished. There is no point 
in "waiting until...." There just isn't any let-up in the demand 
for financial help. We must be, not only sacrificial, but discriminat- 
ing in our giving to the Lord's work. Our entire denomination needs 
to arise to the challenge now while the appeal of "buildings in 
construction" is still our current asset. 

I understand the College choir is planning to be in Alexandria 
soon. We shall endeavor to take it in. Please convey our 

regards to our other friends in Winona. May the Lord richly 
ble ss yo ur co ntinue d e f f o rts . 



ly in Christ, 




Dixon, pastor 



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The Brethren Missionary Herak 




GRACE COLLEGE 

CHOIR 

ITINERARY 



One of the musical groups appearing on the choir's program this 
year is the new trombone quartet. Left to right are; Linwood 
Catron. Darlene Matula, Jim Custer, and Jerry Young 



March 21— Rittman, Ohio 
March 22 — Kittanning, Pa. (First) 
March 23 — Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Morning! 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 

(Afternoon) 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 

(Evening) 

March 24 — Altoona, Pa. (Juniata) 

March 25 — Palmyra, Pa. 

March 26 — Allentown, Pa. 

March 27— Philadelphia Bible 
Institute 

(Morning) 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 
March 28 — Alexandria, Va. 
March 29— Martinsburg, W. Va. 



March 30 — Waynesboro, Pa. 

(Morning) 

Hagerstown, Md. 
(Calvary) 

( Afternoon ) 

Winchester, Va. 

(Evening! 

March 31 — Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 
April 1 — Buena Vista, Va. 
April 2 — Covington High School 

(Afternoon) 

Covington, Va. 
April 3— Grafton, W. Va. 
April 4 — Parkersburg, W. Va. 
April 6 — Clayton, Ohio 

(Sunrise and Morning) 

Englewood, Ohio 

(Afternoon) 

Dayton, Ohio 
(N. Riverdale) 

(Evening) 



GIFTS TO GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

February, 1958 



^kron, Ohio (First) 

Ubany, Oreg 

Ueppo, Pa 

Uexandria, Va. . . 

Lite, Mich 

atoona. Pa. (First) . 
Utoona. Pa. (Grace) 

iarbee Lake, Ind 

lellflower, Calif 

ieme, Ind 

Canton, Ohio 

:edar Rapids, lovfa . 
:iay City, Ind 



General Building 
Fund Fund 

$5.00 
. $99.00 
17.00 
86.05 
25.00 
. 254.50 
12.50 
25.00 
11.39 30.00 
127.00 506.00 
. 590.76 

50.00 



111.00 
100.00 
75.00 
77.50 
6.50 



Clayton, Ohio 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 

:ovington, Va 16.50 

)allas Center, Iowa 1.00 

)anville. Ohio 56 00 

layton, Ohio (Grace) 91.35 

'ayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) 3.00 

rlyria, Ohio 42 so 

iyerett. Pa 16.00 

indlay, Ohio 6 00 

;iora Ind 66.00 

ort Lauderdale, Fla 144 97 

ort Wayne, Ind. (First) . 15.00 

ort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) . 187.90 

■randview. Wash 34 80 

agerstown, Md. (Calvary) 14.00 

arrah, Wash 18 50 

arrisburg. Pa 91.75 

omerville, Ohio 4 00 

iglewood, Calif 79 00 

enners. Pa I35.OO 

ohnstown. Pa. (First) 100 

.ittanning. Pa. (First) 98.00 

\arcb 22, 1958 



7.50 
188.14 
210.00 
3.00 
83.00 
81.01 



General Building 

Fund Fund 

13.00 

25.00 

105.00 

301.00 



1.00 
15.00 
510.00 
1.00 
1.00 



Leon, Iowa 

Limestone, Tenn 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) . 
Long Beach. Calif. (North) 

Los Angeles, Calif 

Martinsburg, Pa 20.00 

New Troy, Mich 17.00 

North English, Iowa 

Osceola, Ind 27.81 

Ozark, Mich 

Palmyra, Pa 185.10 

Peru, Ind i.oo 

Philadelphia. Pa. (First) .. 81.50 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 67.65 

Rittman, Ohio 344.50 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) . 98.80 

Roanoke, Va. (W. Heights) 45.25 

San Bernardino, Calif 158.40 

San Diego, Calif 11.20 

Sidney, Ind le.oo 

Stoystown, Pa 43.55 

Sunnyside, Wash 

Temple City, Calif 115.93 

Washington, D. C 51.00 447.77 

Washington, Pa 9.43 

Waterloo, Iowa 147.59 

Waynesboro, Pa 208.60 

Wheaton, 111 

Winchester, Va 21.50 

Winona Lake, Ind 604.75 1,256.40 



33.00 
100.00 
19.00 
24.00 
300.00 
172.00 
638.50 
462.60 
6.00 

25.50 



20.00 



121.66 
63.00 
390.00 



Isolated 

Non-Brethren 

Maintenance Gift 

Seminary Student Body 



118.50 Totals 



95.64 4.50 

55.00 1,760.00 
55.00 
368.95 

5,891.62 9,240.78 



Designated Funds: 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) $20.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 50.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 131.00 

Portis, Kans 6.15 

Winona Lake, Ind 104.00 

Non-Brethren 118.00 

Alumni Association 11.23 

Seminary Student Body 50.00 



Total 490.38 

An analysis of the financial report 
for February shows that there came 
in to the school $5,891.62 for the 
general fund (operating expense), 
$9,240.78 for the building fund, and 
$490.38 for special designated funds 
—a total of $15,622.78. 

Work on the new buildings has 
been resumed with the return of 
milder weather. Now that spring is 
here this work can continue steadily 
toward the completion of the build- 
ings — IF. It will continue as long as 
funds are provided through the 
Lord's people. Is your church at 
work on its program? 

181 




Left to right: David Hacker. Jerry Young. 
Charles Bearinger. and Jim Custer. Bill 
Schaffer, accompanist. 



The time has arrived for the 
fourth annual tour of the Grace 
College Choir. This week 28 stu- 
dents with their director will board 
a chartered bus to begin a 17-day 
itineration through the Brotherhood. 
During this time the choir will visit 
22 Brethren churches in the east 
and south, and will conduct at least 
two school assemblies. 

How such tours are brought to 
fruition is an interesting study. Like 
any ambitious project, they begin 
with a dream. The ideal is pictured 
in the mind. Then steps are taken 
to make the dream come true. There 
is not a chronological order to these 
steps so much as a simultaneous un- 
folding of them. Part of the reper- 
toire is settled upon; students are 
enlisted and auditioned; from the 
first week of school efforts are be- 
gun to "homogenize" the voices, im- 
prove the tonal quality of the whole, 
and train the responses so that, ideal- 
ly, the director might "play" the 
choir as one would an instrument. 

The selection of music for the 
program requires countless hours — 
searching through old and new choir 
literature; reflecting on the mes- 
sages and moods of those numbers 
which seem to appeal; fitting to- 
gether groups of songs which will 
serve the demand for variety and 
still contribute to the unifying aim 
of the program. As we go forth we 
must, like any minister of the Lord, 
go with a message. This must be 
taken care of in the selection and ar- 
rangement of the music to be sung. 

While the choir is working on 
memorization of the words and 
music, rehearsing as a unit, in small 
groups, and in individual study, con- 
tacts have to be made with churches 
and details arranged with respect to 
traveling and entertaining. The 
Brethren Annual, a United States 
atlas and a memory of past tours 



Annual Spring Tour 

OF 

Grace College Choir 



By Donald Ogden 



serve as the tools for making out a 
proposed itinerary. When we have 
decided which churches are most 
likely prospects and which lie geo- 
graphically in the desired line of 
travel, letters are sent to the pas- 
tors with a prayer that doors will be 
open where it is the Lord's will for 
us to sing, and that where doors are 
closed for various reasons. He will 
have another open door nearby. 
Our experience has been that prob- 
lems are easily worked out in our 
scheduling, and we have always en- 
joyed an enthusiastic response. 

The matter of the area we will 
cover is largely determined by 
recency and frequency of past con- 
tacts. With the exception of one 
church, those in which we will be 
entertained this year have not been 
hosts to the choir since our first 
tour in 1955, and more than half 
will be our hosts for the first time. 

The work of preparation is not all 
done in Winona Lake; the churches 
which have responded to our re- 
quest for a service must immediately 
busy themselves with many impor- 
tant tasks. For some churches it is 
quite an undertaking to find sleep- 
ing quarters for the 28 musicians 
who are descending upon them. For 
most churches an evening meal is 



involved, which frequently is taken 
care of at the church, and often in 
the form of a fellowship meal; break- 
fasts are always provided in the 
homes where we are lodged; box 
lunches are customarily sent along to 
alleviate the hunger pangs that set- 
tle down upon us as we journey on 
to our succeeding appointments. 

Perhaps the most important as- 
pect of our preparation is prayer. 
The making up of the program; the 
selection of choir personnel; the out- 
lining of the tour — every detail of 
preparation is undertaken only 
after committing the entire project 
into His hands. Every choir re- 
hearsal is preceded by prayer. Each 
choir member is exhorted to be 
regular in his personal devotions. 
The tour itself is bathed in prayer, as 
roommates and bus partners have 
devotions together and as the choir 
unites in a t'ime of heart searching 
before every performance. We an- 
ticipate that this tour, like the three 
we have experienced, will be a high 
point of enjoyment in the Hfe of each 
choir member, but we are even more 
eager that this shall be a spiritual ex- 
perience to our worthy Lord as we 
give ourselves without reservation to 
this good work. Brethren, pray for 



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HIS GRACE 

His grace is great enough to meet the great things — 

The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul, 
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless, 

The sudden storms beyond our life's control. 

His grace is great enough to meet the small things — 

The little pin-prick troubles that annoy. 
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent. 

The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy. 

— Annie Johnson Flint 
The Brethren Missionary Herald' 



Twenty-five Years of Melody 



By Donald Ogden 



The art of living is never learned 
from books; it is acquired through 
experience. Every institution of 
higher learning recognizes the value 
of promoting, as a part of its train- 
ing program, organizations and ac- 
tivities which will help develop that 
part of the man which involves liv- 
ing. 

Concert series, student body 
organizations, and social and liter- 
ary clubs serve a far more important 
role than merely adding variety and 
interest to the student's hfe. College 
athletics and musical organizations 
have a far more important function 
than bringing fame or honor to the 
school. The primary justification for 
the existence of all of these interests 
is the development of well-rounded 
lives. 

The one avenue of activity which 
has been foremost throughout the 
tiistory of our school has been the 
jospel team, and particularly the 
male quartet. The first incentive for 
these organizations, of course, has 
been the provision of a means of 
[Christian service. God has blessed 
these groups through the years as 
they have had a wide ministry in 
Brethren and non-Brethren 

;hurches, locally and nationwide. 
Being able to sing the Gospel has 
jpened many a door of testimony 
ind Christian witness. It has enabled 
students to make direct contact with 
Dther young people in need of their 
example and encouragement in sur- 
-ender to the Lord. It has helped 
xemendously in keeping a vital link 
Dstween our school and the churches 
;o which we must constantly look for 
3ur support. 

It is not without significance, how- 
ever, that these experiences have re- 
elected to the benefit of those who 
lave so engaged themselves, always 
it a cost of both time and money. 
ft may be observed that from the 
juartets of Grace Theological Semi- 
lary and Grace College men have 
entered into missionary service, both 
oreign and home, pastoral work, 

hristian education, and Christian 
mbhcations. Represented in the pic- 
ures on the accompanying pages of 
his issue are every phase of our de- 
lomination's work. 



California Quartet 1932-'34 

Tile first Asiiland Seminary quartet to 
officially represent the scliool, this grouio 
travelled 17,000 miles coast to coast during 
the summer of 1933. The quartet bore the 
name. "California." because all four men 
were members of the First Brethren Church 
of Long Beach, of which Dr. Louis S. Bau- 
man was then pastor. Left to right are Don- 
ald Carter (Chaplain, U. S. Armyi, Ernest 
Pine (Chaplain, U. S. Army J, Paul Bauman 
(vice-president, Grace Seminary), and Ed- 
ward Colbum (Red Cross director). 



Ashland Seminary Quartet 1936-'37 

The last group to represent Ashland Semi- 
nary before the organization of Grace Semi- 
nary was composed of (1. to r.) Jake Kliever 
(missionary in French Eciuatorial Africa), 
Kenneth Ashman (pastor, Wooster, Ohio). 
Robert Ashman (Winona Lal^e. Ind.), Lev.' 
Grubb (secretary Brethren Home IVIissions 
Council), and Robert Scott (Long Beach, 
Calif.). In their Oakland ("Sensible Six") 
they visited most of the churches from Iowa 
eastward and in the southeast, holding gos- 
pel team and evangelistic meetings. 



Ambassadors of Grace Quartet 1937-'39 
The first quartet to represent Grace Semi- 
nary. The group ( with slight changes in 
personnel) visited every church in the 
Brotherhood from Iowa eastward during the 
three-year period. Left to right are Henry 
Rempel (pastor, Norwalk. Calif.), Arnold 
Kriegbaum (editor and manager. Brethren 
iVIissionary Herald), Kenneth Ashman (pas- 
tor, Wooster, Ohio), Albert Flory (supt. 
Brethren Schools at Long Beach. Calif., now 
on leave of absence). At the piano is Rev. 
Herbert Wolfe (Baptist pastor). 



Grace Seminary Quartet :945-'46 
This group was composed of Ned Colling- 
ridge (former pastor at Sunnyside. Wash.), 
Russell Ward (pastor. North Riverdale, Day- 
ton, Ohio), Gerald Polman (pastor, Glendale, 
Calif.). Charles Bergerson (former pastor 
Cleveland. Ohio). In addition to a fruitful 
gospel team ministry the quartet was a 
regular feature on the "Gospel Truth," the 
Bre.hren Radio Hour, heard over a number 
of stations from coast to coast. President 
McClain (inset) was the speaker. 





^arch 22, 1958 



183 




Seminary Quartet 1948-'49 

Work throughout the east was carried on by 
the Seminary Quartet, composed of Kenneth Mar- 
ken (Baptist pastor), Charles Ashman (pastor. 
Phoenix, Ariz.), Roy Snyder (missionary, French 
Equatorial Africa), and Jack Churchill (missionary, 
Argentina, South America). 




Collegiate Quartet 1948-'49 

With the opening of the College Division of the 
school, a second quartet was organized. This 
group was composed of Robert Neff (Indiana 
schoolteacher), Ralph Burns, accompanist (pas- 
tor, Altoona, Pa.), Millard Poppy, Glenn Smouse 
(Baptist pastor), and George Kelly. 




The Grace Trumpeters 1952-'54 

This highly versatile group, functioning as a quartet, as well as a trumpet trio, 
served two years with a slight change in personnel, making several hundreds of 
appearances. Shown above are Paul Bauman (faculty speaker), Alva Steffler 
(teaching fellow in organ and art, Grace College), Edwin Cashman (assistant pas- 
tor. Ashland, Ohio), Edward Smith (Baptist pastor). The accompanist was David 
Halvorsen, now missionary in Paris, France. During the summer of 1953 the 
Trumpeters traveled in the east. Their 1954 tour took them to the Pacific coast. 



The Grace Ambass£;i 

Richard Messner (preseni 
Grace College), Donald Ogden 
speaker), and Robert Messner 
music, Grace College) travele 
tour of churches, conferenc 
camps, covering more than I ' 
gram was both vocal and instr 




The Gospel-Heirs 1956-57 

Presenting programs in approxi- 
mately 70 dilf ;rent churches through 
the year, the group's itinerary dur- 
ing the summer ranged from Indiana 
to New Jersey and as far south as 
Virginia where they visited churches, 
young people's camps, and confer- 
ences. Standing are: Jeanette Turner, 
Randy Poyner, and Shirley Smith 
(Grace College juniors). The ac- 
companist was Nancy Weber (col- 
lege junior and instructor in piano). 



184 



Tweni 



Musi 

The Bfl 




Brethren 
vlcBride 
)w Mrs. 
ler pas- 
Gospel 



The Seminary Quartet 1950-'51 



Roy Glass (Juniata, Pa.), Donald Ogden (above; 
member Grace College faculty), Ralph Gilbert 
(below; member Grace College faculty), and 
Glenn Ray (Baptist pastor). This group served as 
a gospel team during the first semester and con- 
ducted meetings among a number of the churches. 



The Seminaires 1950-'51 



A second quartet functioned throughout the 
year. It was composed of Bruce Brickel (Rittman, 
Ohio), Clair Brickel (pastor, Cleveland, Ohio), 
Dean Risser (pastor, Johnson City, Tenn.), and 
Ray Newby. The group held meetings during the 
year locally and throughout the east. 




The Grace Ambassadors 1955-'56 



Jtics, This year a fourth member, Charles Stoner (Grace 

culty College '57, now a junior in Grace Seminary) was add- 

w in ed to the Grace Ambassadors team. In addition to 

imer their summer tour which took them to the Pacific Coast 

pie's and Ohio, they visited many churches during the school 

pro- year, presenting programs and contacting prospective 
students. 



The Messengers of Grace 1955-'56 

Above — Marlene Shoemaker (Grace College 
'57, teaching in Detroit, Mich.); Alva Steffler 
(teaching fellow in art and organ), director and 
accompanist of the group. Below — Anita Adams, 
Ruth Steffler (Grace College '57, now teaching 
in public schools). The group traveled extensively 
in the eastern part of the United States. 



Yeais 



;try 



The Ambassadors 1956-'57 

Working together through the 
year this group of freshmen visited 
many churches and youth groups 
in the east as a team and with the 
college choir. The group was com- 
posed of David Hacker, Warren 
Brown, James Custer, and Robert 
Burk. With them was Professor Don- 
ald Ogden, accompanist and 
speaker. Many high-school young 
people were contacted during this 
period. 




irald 



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NetDBpage 




SAN JOSE, CALIF. A new Sun- 
day-school attendance record was 
set Feb. 4 at the Grace Brethren 
Church when 64 were present. The 
record for church attendance for 
this new home-mission church is 5 1. 
The new address is: 4595 Ross Ave- 
nue, San Jose 24. The new phone 
number is ANdrews 9-1289. Bill 
McKillen is pastor. 

IOWA CITY, IOWA. Mrs. Ar- 
nold Kriegbaum underwent surgery 
here at the University Hospital on 
Mar. 10. Prayer is requested for 
her speedy recovery as she recuper- 
ates. She will be returned to Wi- 
nona Lake about Mar. 22. 

PALMYRA, PA. During the 
worst weather of the year and the 
lowest Sunday attendances, the 
prayer meeting attendance record 
was broken three times. The last 
record to be set was 67, set on Mar. 
5. Robert Markley is pastor. 

BELL, CALIF. All previous Sun- 
day-school records were broken 
Mar. 2 at the B2II Brethren Church 
with 147 in attendance. Emlyn 
Jones is pastor. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. Dr. Paul 
R. Bauman will be the guest speaker 
on Mar. 30 at the Erieside Church 
on the Boulevard, 32000 Lakeshore 
Blvd. (Willoughby). 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. Kre- 
gel Publications will reprint "The 
Fundamentals" during 1958. The 
booklets, first published in 1909, 
cover a wide range of subjects: the 
atonement, the virgin birth of the 
Lord Jesus, the deity of Christ, cur- 
rent Biblical criticism, the second 
advent, and missions and evangel- 
ism. Assisting in revision are: Drs. 
James H. Christian, Gerald B. Stan- 
ton, Glenn O'Neal, and Arnold D. 
Ehlert. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. The Grace 
Brethren Church is seeking to set 



a record of 1500 as the total number 
in attendance at the five main week- 
ly services of the church. On Mar. 
2 the attendance for the five services 
totaled 1387. Miles Taber is pastor. 

MONTE VISTA, CALIF. The 
BYE of the Monte Vista Grace 
Brethren Church sponsored a sing- 
spiration on Mar. 2, and invited the 
BYE groups from the West Covina 
Brethren Church, Dr. C. H. Ash- 
man, pastor; and from the First 
Brethren Church, of La Verne, Dr. 
Elias White, pastor. Dr. Floyd Taber 
was the guest speaker. The new 
building program is progressing on 
schedule. This new home-mission 
church is in need of a good piano 
for their new building. Anyone in 
southern California who has one that 
is priced reasonably should com- 
municate with the pastor, Harold 
Painter. The new church address is: 
9497 Del Mar Ave., Ontario, Cahf. 

ARCHBOLD, OHIO. Rev. Gor- 
don Bracker, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, of Fremont, Ohio, 
conducted special meetings here at 
the Evangelical Mennonite Church 
Mar. 2-9. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Ac- 
cording to present plans, the new 
edifice of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church will b: completed 
about the middle of May. The Cali- 
fornia District Conference will con- 
vene here May 20-24. Dr. George 
Peek is pastor. 

ANKENYTOWN, OHIO. Neil 
Beery has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church here, and has 
accepted the call to become pastor 
of the Harrah Brethren Church, 
Harrah, Wash. He will take up his 
new work about June 1 . 

LEON, IOWA. Rev. Ronald 
Robinson begins his fourth year as 
pastor of the Leon Brethren 
Church. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. Dr. 

Alva J. McClain, president of Grace 
Theological Seminary, was one of 
the speakers Feb. 23 and 26 at the 
Biola Jubilee Bible Conference. 

MARTINSBURG, W. VA. The 
Rosemont Brethren Church reports 
that 28 new members were added to 
the church during 1957. Earle Peer 
is pastor. 

STERLING, OHIO. The floors 
of the auditorium of the First Breth- 
ren Church have been refinished, 
new carpeting laid, and a large 




Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City, Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Gnibb 

Winona Lalte, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



built-in cupboard was installed in 
the Sunday-school annex. The lot 
recently purchased by the church is 
being resurfaced for parking. James 
O. Youne is pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. The 
Men's Bible Class presented the 
church with a gift of $1,200 recently 
to be paid on the parsonage debt, 
and challenged the church to pay 
off the remainder of S260. William 
Gray is pastor. 

ALLENTOWN, PA. Rev. John 
Neely, of the First Brethren Church, 
has been a member of a fact-finding 
committee for a year to try to organ- 
ize a Hi-B.A. group in that area. The 
first week of March a group was 
finally organized in the Lehigh Val- 
ley area with 68 present. 

BALBOA HEIGHTS, CANAL 
ZONE. Rev. R. I. Humberd, of 
Flora, Ind., began a Bible teaching 
ministry here in the Baptist churches, 
seminaries, and Bible schools Mar. 
9. 

ALTO, MICH. The Michigan 
District of Brethren Churches held 
an overnight youth rally here Mar. 
14-15. William Johnson was host 
pastor. 

SIDNEY, IND. Phil Guerena of 
the Continental Baseball Club spoke 
at the Sidney Brethren Church Mar. 
9, Rollin Sandy is pastor. 

STOYSTOWN, PA. The execu- 
tive committee of the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Laymen, Rollin 
Sandy, president, will meet here 
Mar. 29 to lay plans for future work, 
and their part in the national confer- 
ence in August. 



DISTRICT CONFERENCES 

Allegheny May 6-8— Listie. Fa. 

California May 20-24— Long Beach, Calif. 

East July 21-24 — Johnstown, Pa. 

Indiana April 14-17 — Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Iowa June 26-27 — Dallas Center. Iowa 

Michigan — Lsnsing, Mich. 

Mid-Atlantic May 12-14— Washington, D. C. 

Midwest June 6-8 — Fine, Colo. 

Northern Atlantic May 6-9— Philadelphia. Pa. 
Northern California Apr. 2-3 — Modesto, Calif. 
Northern Ohio Apr. 23-25— Ashland, Ohio 

Northwest June 24-27 — Spokane. Wash. 

Southeast June 23-25— HolUns, Va. 

Southern Ohio 



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IFAHITIHI. 



A POINT OF CONVERSION 



BY EMLYN JONES* 



President Eisenhower said when 
he landed in France for the NATO 
meeting: "Today we hve in one of 
those periods of test, not only for 
France but all of France's friends 
and allies, my country among them. 
It is for us to determine whether 
men shall live in freedom and in dig- 
nity or whether they are to become 
mere vassals of an all powerful 
state." 

In these days, great emphasis is 
laid upon a man's conduct and very 
little emphasis upon his creed. It is 
often said that what a man believes 
is unimportant, but what is im- 
portant is what he does. This is en- 
tirely the wrong approach! The 
most important thing is a man's 
creed because a man's life is govern- 
ed by what he believes, and in re- 
ligion by the person in whom he be- 
lieves. 

The Syro-Phoenician woman had 
perseverance, the centurion humility, 
the blind man earnestness. But what 
Christ saw and rewarded in each of 
these cases was faith. 

In practice faith is a very simple 
thing, but psychologically it is very 
complex. A very simple definition of 
faith is the unlimited willingness to 
let God do all the saving. 

The Nature of Saving Faith 

One of the best ways of studying 
any subject is to approach it from a 
negative point of view to discover 
what it isn't. 

It is no mere intellectual assent. 
Heart knowledge, a personal rela- 
tionship is necessary. Without this 
type of knowledge there is no saving 
faith. 

It is not a meritorious work. 
"Now to him that worketh is the 
reward not reckoned of grace, but 
of debt. But to him that worketh 
not, but believeth on him that justi- 
fieth the ungodly, his faith is counted 
for righteousness without works. 
Therefore it is of faith, that it might 
be by grace" (Rom. 4:4-5, 16). 

Christ, not faith, is our Saviour, 
but He saves us through faith. Faith 
is not a kind of mystical grace im- 
parted to a passive soul. If one re- 
fuses to believe, then faith will not 
be his. Man is asked to believe in 



Christ and accept His death (over 
1900 years ago) in the stead of his 
own. This demands faith. 

The phychological makeup of a 
man is such that he must believe 
something. It will either be God's 
truth or the Devil's lie. Either a man 
will accept God's truth by faith or 
he must of necessity believe the 
only other alternative, the lies of 
Satan. There is no middle ground. 
"For this cause God shall send them 
strong delusion, that they should be- 
lieve a lie: that they all might be 
damned who believed not the truth, 
but had pleasure in unrighteousness 
(II Thess. 2:11-12). It's not that a 
man can't believe, but that he won't 
believe. 

Saving faith is the way of receiv- 
ing salvation from God through 
Christ. "He that believeth on the 
Son hath everlasting life." A con- 
verted savage once said in defining 
faith: "Faith is the hand of the 
heart." For with the heart man be- 
lieveth unto salvation. 

Saving faith is man's act perform- 
ed under the power of the Spirit. 
"No man can say that Jesus is the 
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 
Peter's confession of the divinity of 
the Lord Jesus in Matthew 16:17 
attests to this fact: "Blessed art thou 
Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood 
hath not revealed it unto thee, but 
my Father which is in heaven." 

It is a dangerous thing to turn 
the Holy Spirit away when He is 
urging you to accept Christ as Sav- 
iour. Without His urging, one could 
never confess Christ as Saviour. 




"Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom 
of God as a little child shall in no wise 
enter therein" (Luke 18:17). 



Once one turns Him away, there is 
no assurance that He will ever come 
again. 

Analysis of Faith 

Faith is the simple act of the 
whole man. The total man includes 
his intellectual, emotional and voli- 
tional aspects. Therefore Romans 
10:9-10. Let's analyze the three 
aspects of faith in conjunction with 
the three aspects of a man. 

In the intellectual aspect of man 
there must be an assent to the his- 
torical facts of Christianity. This in- 
cludes belief in the revelation of God 
in nature and in the historical facts 
of Scripture, and the doctrines taught 
therein as to man's sinfulness, the 
redemption provided in Christ, the 
conditions of salvation, and to all 
the blessings promised to God's chil- 
dren. 

"Faith Cometh of hearing, and 
hearing by the word of God." We 
need to know that there is a God 
before we can believe in or on Him, 
and we need to know the Gospel 
in order to believe in Christ. Chris- 
tianity is belief founded upon the 
very best of evidence, and not any 
nebulous theories. A man would 
have to be incompetent of thinking 
to deny the historicity of Christian- 
ity. 

The emotional aspect of faith is 
the simple appropriation of what 
you already know. You know that 
Christ died for you, then take Him as 
your Saviour. It is not a mere ac- 
ceptance but of taking hold. "To 
as many as received him, to them 
gave he the authority to become the 
sons of God." 

The emotional element of faith is 
the awakening of the soul to its per- 
sonal needs and to the personal ap- 
plicability of the redemption pro- 
vided in Christ, together with an im- 
mediate assent to these truths. 

This is the type of faith that is 
found so often under the revival 
tent where undue stress is laid upon 
the emotions, but "when tribula- 
tion or persecution ariseth because 
of the word, straightway he stum- 
bleth." This is what happens to a 
faith based upon emotion. When the 
emotion is over, so is the faith. 

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March 22, 1958 



187 



WHAT WILL 

REVIVAL 



COME, AND LET US 
RETURN UNTO THE LORD..: 



COST? 



BY DEAN RISSER 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Johnson City, Tenn. 




We are not thinking, nor asking, 
about the price of a revival, but what 
it will cost us to have revival in The 
Brethren Church. We do not mean a 
series of meetings with decisions 
made for Christ, but an in-filling by 
the Holy Spirit of the saved mem- 
bers of The Brethren Church with 
the result in their personal godli- 
ness and the salvation of many souls. 

The cost for this revival cannot be 
measured in dollars and cents, nor 
can it be bought with this kind of 
price. We will need to spend more 
than money; it will cost us our lives. 
We will, like Paul, have to be "cruci- 
fied with Christ." 

Are you willing to lay down that 
price for revival? 

Our Lord himself warned us that 
we should count the cost before we 
begin a project such as this, and then 
after we have determined the cost 
of revival, we should decide whether 
we do really want it. 

Revival is like a building project, 
in which we are building the house of 
our God. This is not a church build- 
ing, but a temple made up of the 
bodies of believers (Eph. 2:21-22). 

To build this temple of God we 
are doing two things: we are not 
only repairing the temple where God 
has been living, but we are trying 
to build more on to it. 

Before we start to build, then, let 
us all understand what it will take 
to do it. We are aiming at building 
a good, solid temple . . . nothing 
shabby for our God. It isn't our pur- 
pose just to "get by." While we are 
building we need to remember that 
there should be no soldiering on the 
job, or just going through the mo- 
tions. God will someday reward our 
efforts, but there will be no reward 



for the loafer or the sidewalk super- 
intendent. 

Let's take a good look at what 
we are going to start with, the 
building that God has been living in 
for years. In the particular room 
which is represented by The Breth- 
ren Church we find enough light. 
The Word of God is preached in its 
fullness, and the lamp of the Gospel 
is placed so that it sheds a good light 
in Brethren churches. However, as 
we enter this room of God's temple 
we are chilled, for the oil of the 
Holy Spirit has run out of the heating 
system, leaving the room cold. Or 
perhaps the oil is there, but no fire 
to light it . . . the Spirit has been 
quenched. A knowledge without zeal 
is as bad as a zeal without knowl- 
edge. Let us ask God to help us get 
the fire started again. 

God's temple also needs repairing, 
the worn parts to be renewed and 
restored. The dust and dirt and rub- 
bish should be cleaned out of it, and 
all should be spotless. Our God de- 
serves to live in a clean place. 

The next part of our work will 
be adding on to the existing building 
of God. This is done by winning the 
lost to Christ, the salvation of men 
and women, boys and girls, for 
whom Christ died. They are living 
stones that are used in building up 
a spiritual house that is acceptable 
to God (I Pet. 2:5). At present 
there is little personal effort made 
by individuals in our denomination 
toward the winning of souls. Holding 
services is not enough, for behind 
every decision for salvation there is 
personal witnessing and earnest 
prayer. We cannot shortcut this 
method given us by our Saviour as 
He left this earth. His command is 



clear: "Ye [all of you] shall be wit- 
nesses. . . ." 

Opportunities are abundant — - 
soul-winners are not. Even the ef- 
forts we do make are not bathed in 
prayer. There is a hasty "God bless 
us," and then we go forth, often to 
defeat. Our communities are filled 
with people hungry for something 
genuine, and they see it so seldom 
in our lives. The only Bible the 
world reads is Christian lives and 
words, and it is a shame for that 
Gospel to be distorted and unin- 
spired. 

Revival, or building the temple of 
God, shapes up to be a good-sized 
job, and a costly one at that. 

The cost of revival in The Breth- 
ren Church is something we have 
never paid, for if we had paid the 
price, we would have experienced 
revival. There have been warm stir- 
rings on the surface, but not the 
deep, boiling heat that causes the 
love of God to be shed abroad (burst 
forth) within our hearts and then i 
upon a frozen-hearted world. 

The cost of revival is so great 
because the task itself is so great. 
Great buildings are not paid for in i 
buttons or pins, and neither will re- 
vival be purchased at a price smaller 
than our lives . . . and possibly our 
deaths. 

The price tag on revival was 
placed there by God himself, and He 
has never marked it down for quick 
sale. You might even call it a fair- 
trade item, for the price is the same 
to everyone. God's counsel to the 
lukewarm church of Laodicea, in 
which age we live and whose de- 
scription we fit, is to buy (pay the 

(Continued on page 191) 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



BY MARK MALLES* 



THE COMING OF CHRIST 
CHRISTIAN SERVICE 



"Let not your heart be troubled; 
ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
In my Father's house are many man- 
sions: if it were not so, I would have 
told you. I go to prepare a place for 
you. And if I go and prepare a place 
for you, I will come again, and re- 
ceive you unto myself; that where 
I am, there ye may be also" (John 
14:1-3). "For the Lord himself shaU 
descend from heaven with a shout, 
with the voice of the archangel, and 
with the trump of God: and the dead 
in Christ shall rise first: then we 
which are alive and remain shall be 
caught up together with them in the 
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: 
and so shall we ever be with the 
Lord" (I Thess. 4:16-17). 

You have heard those verses many 
times, haven't you? But I am won- 
dering if you really believe them? 
Think for a moment before you an- 
swer in your own mind. Do you 
really believe that the Lord is com- 
ing again, perhaps soon, to take 
Christians out of the world and then 
to judge the people who are left be- 
hind? Is this simply something 
you've heard mother and dad talk 
about, and the preacher has 
preached it; or is it a real, actually- 
going-to-happen truth to you? If 
the latter is true, it will have a great 
effect on your Christian service. 

If, down in your heart, you are ac- 
tually expecting the coming of 
Jesus, this hope will be a great in- 
centive to you to serve the Lord 
faithfully. 

Prayer 

Prayer is Christian service. Now, 
as the truth of the second coming 
gets deeper and deeper into our 
hearts we will pray more and more. 
Jesus said: "Take ye heed, watch 
and pray: for ye know not when the 
time is." The time is drawing nearer 
each day, so we ought to increase 
our prayer life, praying that we may 
be found faithful when He comes, 
and praying that souls will be saved 
before He comes. 

Faithful Attendance 

We have talked about serving 
Christ by faithful attendance in the 
services of your home church. The 



'Pastor. Firat Brethren Church 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 



Lord said: "Not forsaking the as- 
sembling of ourselves together, as 
the manner of some is; but exhorting 
one another: and so much the more, 
as ye see the day approaching." The 
coming of the Lord ought to move us 
to gather together with Christians 
every time we have the opportunity 
so we will not be led into false doc- 
trines or into unfaithfulness to Him. 

Pure Lives 

And then we have talked often of 
how our lives must be pure if we are 
to do effective service for Christ. 
God requires clean vessels, clean 
channels through which He can 
bless the world. Jesus has said 



kwvWiii; 



OF CHRIST THAT EVERY ONE 
MAY RECEIVE THE THINGS 
DONE IN HIS BODY ACCORDIMG 
TO THAT HE HATH DONE 
WHETHER IT BE eOOD OR BAD 



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through His apostle: "Beloved, now 
are we the sons of God, and it doth 
not yet appear what we shall be: but 
we know that, when he shall appear, 
we shall be like him; for we shall 
see him as he is. And every man that 
hath this hope in him purifieth him- 
self, even as he is pure (I John 3: 
2-3). 

Soul- Winning 

And then there is that greatest of 
all Christian service, that toward 
which all other forms of service 
ought to aim, the work of winning 
lost souls to Jesus Christ. What ef- 
fect does the truth of the coming of 
Jesus have on this work? Oh, if you 
really believe Jesus is coming soon 
you will make soul-winning the most 
important thing in your life. 

When Jesus comes for His church, 
the many who are left behind, per- 
haps your mother or father, your 
brothers or close friends, all will 
go through a period of terrible tribu- 



lation and the great majority of them 
will be eternally lost, condemned to 
eternal torment in hell. Today they 
can be saved if they will receive 
Jesus Christ. And many of them 
would receive Him if only you would 
talk to them about salvation and ex- 
plain how they can be saved. 

But what are you doing about the 
lost condition of the folk around 
you? What are you doing with your 
time that ought to be spent in soul- 
winning? Can you possibly live self- 
ishly, wasting time, and still have a 
real conviction that Jesus is coming 
soon? I don't believe you can. I am 
sure that if this is your real heart 
belief you will be concerned about 
those who will be left behind when 
He comes and you will be doing 
everything possible to bring them to 
salvation. 

Because Jesus is coming soon you 
ought to put all your energy into the 
work of winning souls. You won't 
regret having missed some of the 
pleasures and material things of this 
life when the Lord comes, but you 
surely will terribly regret having 
failed to do everything in your power 
to win souls to Christ to save them 
from eternal punishment. 

I hear young folk, and older ones 
as well, say: "We can't spend ail our 
time serving the Lord." And I would 
like to ask: "And why can't you 
spend all your time serving the 
Lord?" All our time here is pretty 
short compared with eternity. If our 
time here is spent in serving the 
Lord, especially in winning souls, 
we shall better enjoy all the ages of 
eternity ahead of us. Now is the 
time to work. May God give us 
young people, you young people, 
who will really mean business with 
God and who will go all-out for Him 
in winning lost souls. The time is 
short. Jesus is coming. Those who 
are to be won must be won now. 

This is the day when God wants 
young people who will put loyalty to 
Him before even life itself. Some 
years ago an oceanliner was wrecked 
on a dangerous reef on the New 
England coast. The coast guard is 
well officered there. They went to 
the rescue under the captaincy of an 
old seaman, but with a few inex- 

(Continued on page 190) 



^arch 22, 7958 



189 







Un iUemortam 



KITTANNING, PA. 

It was our joy to labor with 
Pastor Schaffer and his congrega- 
tion in a two-week revival effort 
from February 2-16, In spite of 
subzero weather and high snowdrifts 
during most of this period an average 
attendance of 143 per service was 
seen. 

The Lord's blessing was evidenced 
niijht after night as we saw the 
Lord working in lives before us. 
There were five first-time confes- 
sions and 35 reaffirmations recorded 
during the meeting. One man, hard 
of hearing, was seated near a speaker 
in the auditorium. After several 
nights he came to Christ. He never 
missed a meeting of the campaign: 
a real answer to prayer. 

This evangelist found the people 
in the church friendly, hospitable 
and ready to serve. Brother Schaffer 
and his assistant, Ron Jurke, co- 
operated fully in every way possible. 
— Lester E. Pifer. 



THE COMING OF CHRIST 

(Continued from page 189) 

perienced young men on the crew. 
One of the young men turned a white 
face to the captain saying: "Sir, ihe 
wind is offshore, and the tide is run- 
ning out. We can go out, but against 
such a wind and tide we can never 
come back." All the captain said was 
"Launch the boat. We have to go 
out. We don't have to come back." 
Will you take the challenge? 
Kneel before God till He puts the 
reality of the Lord's return in your 
heart and then go out wherever He 
leads. "Whosoever will lose his lif; 
for mv sake shall find it." 



Mrs. Nan B. Bradv was born in 
Sedalia, Mo., Sept. 5, 1888. She 
was a resident of California for 60 
years, and the beloved wife of Loren 
Brady for 44 years. She was pro- 
moted to glory on Feb. 26, 1958 as 
the result of a heart attack. 

Mrs. Brady was a charter mem- 
ber of the Fremont Avenue Breth- 
ren Church and known throughout 
the California district. She will long 
be remembered for her sweet smile, 
her genuine testimony, and her gra- 
cious interest in others. We shall 
miss her gentle presence, but know- 
ing His plan is best, we say "Fare- 
well" here and look foreward to that 
glorious day when we shall say 
"Good morning" up there. — James 
McClellan, pastor. 

Mrs. Katherine Viola Woodman- 
see, who was born September 27, 
1 879, was promoted to her heavenly 
home on February 14, 1958, after 
a full life of service to the Lord. 

A native of New York, nine years 
after the death of her husband she 
came to California to attend Biola, 
where her daughter, Pearle, met and 
married Rev. Alan S. Pearce. 

Upon this marriage, Mrs. Wood- 
mansee served several years as 
superintendent of the girls' dormi- 
tory on two different mission fields: 
The Brethren Home Mission at Lost 
Creek, Ky.; and the Presbyterian 
Navajo Indian Mission, of Ganado, 
Ariz.; following which she became 
the superintendent of Ruth Home 
for Girls in Los Angeles, later in El 
Monte. Since 1934 she has made her 
home with the Pearces. 

Though unable to attend our serv- 
ices for "the past four years because 
of failing health, she was always 
faithful to the First Brethren Church, 
of Long Beach, Calif., from the time 
she became a member in 1925 and 
gave of what little she had as the 
Lord led her. Mother Woodmansee 



NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 

BRETHREN "^ CHURCHES 
AUG. 18-24, 1956 

WINONA LAKE, INDIANA 



manifested a vital interest in the 
Lord's work everywhere, praying 
daily for God's faithful servants. — 
C. W. Mayes, pastor. 

Mrs. Carl Fletcher died in Wash- 
ington, D. C. on Feb. 7, of cancer. 
She and her husband were formerly 
members of the First Brethren 
Church, of Akron, Ohio, where he 
served as Sunday-school superin- 
tendent. — Russell Ogden, pastor. 

DIanne Schliesman went home to 
heaven to be with the Lord she loved 
on Feb. 25. She was a patient at a 
Rochester, Minn, hospital at the 
time of death, having been involved 
in a serious automobile accident 
from which she did not recover. — 
John Aeby, pastor. 

Mrs. John Horst was promoted 
to glory on Jan. 25, on her 53d wed- 
ding anniversary, at the age of 7 1 . — - 
Robert D. Crees, pastor. 



THE UNSEEN HELPER 

A pastor tells a story of his little 
girl, who, wishing to speak to him 
one day when he was in his study, 
came up the stairs, and, finding the 
door closed, put her small hand on 
the doorknob. The child's hand was 
too tiny to grasp the handle firmly 
enough to turn it. To her delight, 
however, the handle turned, the door 
opened, and she ran into the study, 
exclaiming: "Oh, Daddy, I have 
opened the door all by myself!" She 
was all unaware that her father, 
hearing her trying to open the door, 
had quietly got up from his chair and 
turned the handle from the inside. 
Thus God helps us when we do our 
best, and He makes the impossible 
possible. — The Christian Herald. 



190 



FORGIVENESS i 

When Nelson, just before Tra-i 
falgar, was requested by an officer.! 
to send somebody else with his mes- 1 
sage to Collingwood, and on asking" 
the reason was told, "Collingwood j 
and I are not on speaking terms,"! 
Nelson himself sent for him and said, ! 
in the presence of both, "Gentlemen,i| 
there is the enemy; shake hands!" — j 
Life's Dusty Way. | 

r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald < 



FAITH 

(Continued from page 187) 

While emotion is certainly to be 
recognized as a constituent of faith, 
it must not be treated as if it were the 
sole characteristic of faith. Those 
who have an undue amount of emo- 
tion in their faith tend to backslide 
and to feel the need of being saved 
over and over again. 

The volitional element in faith 
is the logical outgrowth of the in- 
tellectual and the emotional. This is 
the committal of the soul to Christ. 
There is not only belief in Him, He is 
not only taken as Saviour, but one is 
committed to Him. It's a logical 
stepping in the realm of faith. 

Faith includes the surrender of 
the heart as one appropriates Him as 
Saviour. "If any man come to me, 
and hate not his own father, and 
mother, and wife, and children, and 
brethren, and sisters, yea, and his 
own life also, he cannot be my dis- 
ciple ... so likewise, whosoever he 
be of you that forsaketh not all that 
he hath, he cannot be my disciple 
(Luke 14;26, 33). Note the cost of 
discipleship. The Scripture fre- 
quently emphasizes the fact that a 
man should count the cost before 
deciding to follow Christ. 

The thought of surrender is in- 
cluded in the phrase, "believe on the 
Lord Jesus." To believe in Him as 
Lord is to recognize Him as Lord; 
and He caimot be recognized as 
Lord until self is abdicated. This is 
consecration, but it is included in 
the initial experience of faith. 

The sick man must surrender him- 
self to his physician, and also appro- 
priate the remedy for his sickness. 
So must the man sick with the virus 
Df sin. The only power in the uni- 
/erse that is adequate to deal with 
:his virus comes from the Lord 
Fesus, and His remedy must be ap- 
plied. 

Importance of Faith 

This is the channel of salvation 
the unsaved. 

In the Christian's life, faith occu- 
pies the most important place in his 
ife — because without faith there is 
10 growth, either in the sense of 
cnowledge or in trusting. Knowledge 
s increased by faith, and, in turn, 
aith is increased by knowledge. A 
)abe in Christ must now feed on the 
neat of the Word instead of the 
nilk. 

Trust in Him will deepen as we 

Aarch 22, 1958 



WHAT WILL REVIVAL COST? 

(Continued from page 188) 



price) of Him for gold tried in the 
fire (Rev. 3:19). 

What will payment involve for 
us? What will it cost us? It will 
take your time, and lots of it. When 
serving the Lord becomes our main 
occupation instead of our hobby, 
that will be a good start. We must 
realize that families, friends, busi- 
ness, leisure, and even TV are to 
take second place after giving out 
the Gospel. "Seek ye first the king- 
dom of God, and his righteousness; 
and all these things shall be added 
unto you" (Matt. 6:33). 

Revival will also cost us effort, 
and real labor. Each of us has a 
streak of laziness, varying in width 
from one to another. Here is the 
real reason the Gospel has not 
reached the entire world; we are 
too tired from doing our own work 
to do the work of the Lord. 

Many are like the shiny brass 
poker-and-tongs sets you find be- 
fore the fireplace. They serve no pur- 
pose but are just for looks. Stuck 
back in the corner somewhere is the 
blackened poker that does the work. 
Many Christians are too lazy even 
to feed themselves, spiritually, and 
the Word of God must be ground up. 



know Him better. Don't expect to 
know Him better staying away from 
church and its function. 

Then too, by faith. Christian ex- 
perience is constantly verified. Paul's 
experience was verified by his faith. 
"For the which cause I also suffer 
these things: nevertheless I am not 
ashamed: for I know whom I have 
believed, and am persuaded that he 
is able to keep that which I have 
committed unto him against that 
day." The Spirit in the heart is the 
evidence of the inner witness that 
one is truly bom again. Faith can- 
not be verified until there is faith. 
"Come," "taste," and then "see." 

Works of righteousness, develop- 
ment of Christian virtues, victory 
over the world, unspeakable joy, 
and continuance in the faith are the 
most important results seen in the 
life of the man of faith. These may 
be yours. Take Christ as Saviour 
and Master, and experience the 
blessedness of living by faith in Him 
who loved us and gave himself for 
us. 



strained and spoon fed to them on 
Sunday morning. 

Revival in The Brethren Church 
will take sacrifice on our part. That 
means that we will have to put our- 
selves out a little for the sake of 
others. We will have to so out of 
our way, and even do something 
Without getting thanked or noticed 
If the word, "sacrifice," were not 
defmed in the dictionary, we would 
know httle of its meaning. 

Another part of the price for re- 
vival IS prayer, and a different kind 
than what we are used to praying. 
It will take earnest prayer, possibly 
tears. It will take repeated prayer 
or staying at it. And it will take 
prayers of confession, which is the 
key to any revival, for God will not 
hear us if we regard iniquity in our 
heart. This brand of praying will in- 
sure the working of the Holy Spirit 
and the outflowing of his power 
through us. 

Further, revival will cost you 
money, just as it did those men who 
tore up the roof to let the palsied 
man down before Jesus. That para- 
lyzed man meant more to them than 
the money it cost to fix the roof. 

Finally, if we expect revival, it 
will take a real love for each other, 
so that we can work together with- 
out getting on each other's nerves. 
Getting along with fellow Christians 
IS a real need, and we will not have 
revival without it. 

Here then is the superhuman task 
of revival, or the building of the 
temple of God. It will be a costly 
job, as we have outlined above, but 
well worth the price. Our Lord 
thought it of sufficient worth to give 
himself to die for it, and He became 
the foundation for this temple. "Let 
this mind be in you, which was 
also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). 

God's first requirement of His 
people for revival is humility (II 
Chron. 7:14), and that is where 
most of us have halted. So has God. 
What next, then, if we fail to move? 

"As many as I love, I rebuke and 
chasten: be zealous therefore, and 
repent" (Rev. 3:19). 

"O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; 
O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, 
for thine own sake, O my God: for 
thy city and thy people are called by 
thy name" (Dan. 9:19). 

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Learning to Pray 



BY VICTOR ROGERS 



We believe that the most impor- 
tant part of our Christian life is 
our prayer life. Few Christians, in 
comparison with the whole true 
church, learn the secret of service 
for the Lord backed with the power 
of prayer. God has given each be- 
liever the gift and privilege of 
prayer. It isthe one way in which 
all the saints of God may have a part 
in God's great work. 

No Christian grace is more neg- 
lected than that of prayer. Lack of 
prayer means lack of power in ihe 
individual life, and also in the 
church. We should ask the Lord 
to "teach us to pray" so that we may 
know how to exercise ourselves :n 
prayer daily. Let us notice some of 
the ways in which we might learn 
better how to pray. 

Our Approach Is Through Christ 

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in 
my name, that will I do, that the 
Father may be glorified in the Son" 
(John 14:13-14). The Word of God 
clearly states that we are to pray 
through the name of Christ, and 
that He will answer in relation to His 
work and will for our lives. 

The believer's life is to bear fruit, 
and with that in mind we pray to 
the Father through the name of 
Christ. "Ye have not chosen me, but 
I have chosen you, and ordained 
you, that ye should go and bring 
forth fruit, and that your fruit should 
remain: that whatsoever ye shall 
ask of the Father in my name, he 
may give it you" (John 15:16). Yes, 
we may know the true joy of the 
Christian life as we learn to pray 
in the full purpose and will of God. 
". . . ask, and ye shall receive, vhat 
your joy may be full." 

Our Teacher Is the Holy Spirit 

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth 
our infirmities: for v/e know not 
what we should pray for as we 



ought: but the Spirit itself maketh 
intercession for us with groanings 
which cannot be uttered" (Rom. 8: 
26-27). The Holy Spirit is our 
teacher or helper who stands .along- 
side to direct and guide us in our 
prayers. He leads us in knowing for 
what to pray. In our weaknesses 
the Holy Spirit helps us; when our 
bodies and minds are tired. He helps 
us; when we do not know the words 
to use in prayer. He helps us; when 
we are too sick to pray. He helps 
us; and even when we are feeling at 
our best, we must depend on the 
Holy Spirit. Remember, He is our 
prayer Helper and the One who leads 
us into all truth. 

Only as we depend on the Holy 
Spirit will we know the victory that 
comes through prayer. Many a man 
of God has won the battle through 
prayer by the power of the Holy 
Spirit. May we learn to let the Holy 
Spirit have His way in our lives. 

Our Purpose Is To Ask in His WiEI 

"And this is the confidence that 
we have in him, that, if we ask .any- 
thing according to his will, he hear- 
eth us" (1 John 1:14). The purpose 
of our prayers should be to glorify 
Christ. We as members of the body 
of Christ are to realize that He is 
our Head, and we are to look to Him 
as the Leader and Captain of our 
salvation, in order "that in all things 
he might have the preeminence" 
(Col. LIS). Christ should have the 
pre-eminence in our prayers, as well 
as in any other phase of our lives. 
His will and purpose should be 
above everything else, and we should 
give our petitions in the light of 
knowing and doing God's will. 

The secret of a happy Christian 
life is found in abiding in Christ. 
We must truly know Him better than 
anyone else in this life if we would 
experience answers to our prayers. 
"If ye abide in me, and my words 
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto you" 




(John 15:7). The promise is only to 
those in intimate fellowship with 
Christ. This is the way His will be- 
comes our will. 

Our Rule Is To Ask in Faith 

"But let him ask in faith, nothing 
wavering. For he that wavereth is 
like a wave of the sea driven with 
the wind and tossed" (James 1:6). 
Prayer is coming to God in absolute 
faith, believing that He is able to 
answer. Faith is a very important 
element in the believer's life. Prayer 
should become as natural to our 
lives as the very air we breathe. We 
should live in full dependence upon 
our Heavenly Father who knows all 
our needs both physically and spirit- 
ually. 

Our Attitude Is One of Thanksgiving 

"Be careful for nothing; but in 
every thing by prayer and supplica- 
tion with thanksgiving let your re- 
quests be made known unto God" 
(Phil. 4:6). Thanksgiving and praise 
to God shows a heart attitude of love 
for Him. God is not interested 
merely in our words, but desires to 
see the real interest and concern in 
our hearts for the petitions we ask. 
Prayer ought to bring intense feeling 
and thanksgiving in our hearts. 
Prayer is as important to our well- 
being as the heart beat is to our phys- 
ical bodies. In everything, we are 
to look to our wonderful Lord and 
have hearts of rejoicing and thanks- 
giving. 

If you would know the joy of a 
fruitful life, learn now to take God 
at His word, know His will for your 
life, and seek to obey Him with con- 
stant fellowship in prayer. 



The BRETHREN 




MARCH 29, 1958 




The Entire Family Attends Church 



Newsmakers 



COVER PAGE 

The Tobias Class the "younger" 
young married couples of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church Sun- 
day School, of Long Beach, Calif. 

Two years ago there was no To- 
bias Class. But there was an aware- 
ness of the need for such a group — 
a recognition of the fact that young 
people" are marrying younger and 
that they have a special need for 
Christian fellowship with other 
young couples in their early twen- 
ties. 

Six young couples decided to do 
something about it. After prayerful 
consideration, the Tobias Class was 
formed. In the short span of two 
years, the class has grown tenfold 
and now numbers about 60 couples 
who have a total of more than 50 
children. 

Many factors have contributed io 
the success of this Sunday-school 
class. First, of course, and most im- 
portant, it is a Bible-centered group, 
eager to study the Word of God. 
They have just finished going 
through the Pentateuch and are now 
studying through Matthew. Their 
current class project is reading 
through the Bible this year. 

Perhaps their favorite activity is 
the monthly sing held after Sunday 
evening services in the home of 
some member. Other planned activ- 
ities include hayrides, beach par- 
ties, skating (both roller and ice), 
and mountain trips for spiritual re- 
treats. 

Sponsors of this live-wire group 
are Harold and Martha Penrose. Dr. 
George Peek is pastor. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO. The goal 
of 105 was exceeded by two on Mar. 
9 at the First Brethren Church, Clair 
Brickel, pastor. This was a result 
of the Sunday-school superintend- 
ent's promise to buy the pastor a new 
hat when that goal was reached. 



Drapes are being furnished for the 
basement of the church to facilitate 
the Sunday-school work. A storage 
room is being made available under 
the front steps through the project of 
the adult Sunday-school class. The 
Crusader Class accepted the proj- 
ect of completing a room for guests 
in the parsonage which will be 
known as the "prophet's room." 

NOTICE. All pastorless churches 
and churchless pastors. If you de- 
sire to be listed as available on the 
list which is mailed out upon re- 
quest, please register your desire by 
sending your name and address to 
Rev. Nathan M. Meyer, Winona 
Lake, Ind. Brother Meyer is chair- 
man to dispense the above informa- 
tion. So far, he reports the list is 
almost nonexistent for lack of regis- 
trants. The old list is out of date, 
and a new one is needed promptly. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. The bas- 
ketball team of the Commonwealth 
Avenue Brethren Church, John 
Bums, pastor, was awarded the 
Alexandria Recreation Department 
Church League Sportsmanship 
award for the 1957-58 season for 
outstanding Christian conduct on 
the basketball floor. Miss Mabel 
Donaldson has been appointed 
Christian Education Director of the 
church. 

STORKVILLE. Rev. and Mrs. 
F. Thomas Inman, of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Denver, Colo., 
have announced that they have add- 
ed one more to the three in their 




Tl,. BRETHREN 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundiff 

Beaver City. Nebr. , „ . . 
Home Missions Luther L. Orubb 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



family. Laurel Lee arrived Mar. 8, 
and weighed 7 lb., 1 oz. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rene Zapata, 
a native Guatemalian, was a guest 
speaker at the First Brethren 
Church, Mar. 19. He is preparing 
to work with the Evangelical School 
of Central America. William Steffler 
is pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. The per- 
sonnel of the church and Sunday 
school attended the annual church 
music conference at the Moody Bible 
Institute, of Chicago, Mar. 8. Mark 
Malles is pastor. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Rev. Lewis 
C. Hohenstein, of the First Brethren 
Church, was the guest speaker at the 
evening service. Mar. 16, at the Wi- 
nona Lake Brethren Church, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 

COMPTON, CALIF. Rev. Den-i 
nis Holliday has resigned as pastor i 
of the First Brethren Church, ef-( 
fective April 15. His new address i 
will be: 6714 Orizaba St., Longi 
Beach, Calif. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column "J"!* J^^, ''""J'.^'^ 
30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor 

Palmyra, Pa. Apr. 6-20 Robert Markley 

Mansfield, Ohio Apr. 13-20 ... B. N. Schneider 

Johnstown, Pa. Apr. 14-27 Russell Weber . 

Limestone, Tenn. Apr. 20-27 . . Clarence Lackey 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) Apr. 20-30 ... Robert Crees 

Osceola, Ind. . . . Apr. 20-May 4 Scott Weaver 

York, Pa Apr. 21-27 Herman Koontz 

Peru,'lnd Apr. 24-27 . George Johnson 



for publication at least . 

Speaker 

Crusade Team. 
Torrey Johnson. 
Herman Hein. 
Lester Pifer. 

Mark Malles. 
Joe Day. 
James Dixon. 
John Whitcomb. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herala 



Religion in fhe Nation's Capital 

By Donald H. Gill, ERA Washington Correspondent 



The Word Comes First 

Ever since Congress first met, it 
has been customary to begin each 
day in both the House and the Sen- 
ate with prayer. Until recently the 
Scriptures played little part in these 
proceedin'ts. But now the chap- 
lain of the House of Representatives, 
the Rev. Dr. Bernard Braskamp, 
quotes one verse of Scripture before 
the prayer. (Among the verses he 
has used so far are: Isaiah 26:3, II 
Timothy 2:15, Matthew 6:33 and 
Psalm 46:1). 

Chaplain Braskamp got the idea 
from a book of prayers by Edward 
Everett Hale, the only previous 
chaplain to have quoted a Bible 
verse before the daily prayer. A Uni- 
tarian minister. Hale was chaplain 
to the Senate shortly after the turn 
of the century. When Dr. Braskamp 
shared the verse-a-day idea with 
Speaker Sam Raybum, the response 
was so enthusiastic that the chap- 
lain began the practice immediately. 
There have been many favorable 
comments from members of Con- 
gress, and Dr. Braskamp intends to 
continue the verse quotations. 

Incidentally, since his retirement 
from the regular pastorate in 1952, 
Dr. Braskamp is the first full-time 
chaplain on either side of the Capi- 
tol dome. So few Congressmen move 
their church membership to Wash- 
ington congregations, he says, that it 
is a full-time job to act as their pas- 
:or away from home. 

Evangelism at the Summit 

The annual convention of In- 
emational Christian Leadership was 
leld just a few days after the U. S. 
successfully launched its first satel- 
ite — when Washington was begin- 
ling to relax. Tense preoccupation 
nth Soviet scientific and propa- 
anda advances was giving way to 

more optimistic outlook. It was 
n opportune time for officialdom 
) turn to the things of the Spirit. 

The setting of the conference was 
Washington's stately Mayflower 
[otel. The high point of interest — 

\arch 29, 1958 



though not necessarily the spiritual 
peak — was the Presidential Prayer 
Breakfast. This year the President 
could not attend because of a cold, 
and he sent his regrets. But almost 
every other level of government was 
represented. At the head table were 
seated the Vice President, a Justice 
of the Supreme Court, Senators, 
Congressmen, government execu- 
tives and statesmen from abroad, 
making it an impressive occasion. 
Vice President Nixon, in a few 
brief impromptu remarks, told the 
conferees that "we could not have 
a more challenging day in which to 
live." 

"We can meet the challenge," Mr. 
Nixon predicted, "provided we have 
the inner strength which has made 
this nation great." 

Dr. Bob Pierce of World Vision 
spoke at two of the evening sessions. 
From his observations in his global 
tours — Bob's passport reads like a 
world travel guide and weighs al- 
most as much — he warned that 
communism is ahead of Christianity 
in making its message known. "They 
are out-preaching us, outpropagand- 
izing us and out-sacrificing us," he 
told the standing-room-only audi- 
ence. Following Pierce's second 
message several of the conferees 
sought the quietness of their rooms 
to make their decisions in the things 
that count most. 

To estimate the total impact of the 
conference is difficult. Even Abra- 
ham Vereide, founder and executive 
director of ICL, admits this. The 
program reaches levels of life where 
evangelical terminology is often a 
foreign language. Yet ICL conceives 
of its mission as the task of bring- 
ing leadership to understand God's 
saving grace in Jesus Christ. Of 
course, glamorous associations with 
a cross of gold are never enough. 
Personal association with the rugged 
cross of Christ is the irreducible min- 
imum of true Christian experience, 
and certainly the leadership of ICL 
aims for this objective. Yet it is the 
highest hurdle for any kind of evan- 
gelism at the summit. 



The Civil Servant, Lost and Lonely 

An Episcopal rector in down- 
town Washington (who is also an ex- 
newspaperman, by the way) has 
come to the conclusion that the na- 
tion's capital is "full of lonely peo- 
ple." As a result the Epiphany 
Church is taking on another min- 
ister to work with government aides. 

Lonesome ladies are the biggest 
part of the problem, according to 
Dr. Charles Kean, the rector of 
Epiphany. "The problem of lost- 
ness and loneliness in Washington," 
he says, "is complicated by the dis- 
proportion of women to men in the 
general population, making it very 
difficult for many Government girls 
ever to find satisfying social rela- 
tionships." 

The new minister on Epiphany's 
staff will have the job of exploring 
"ways and means by which the 
church can be of maximum service" 
to Federal employees. Along with 
this there has been mention of the 
"spiritual resources of Christian re- 
ligion." But the emphasis is on con- 
viviality not conversion. It seems all 
too easy to forget that beneath a feel- 
ing of social solitude there is usually 
a spiritual vacuum which can be 
filled only by the presence of Christ. 

Air Target 

"The churches must do all in their 
power to retain and strengthen their 
appeal to the average unchurched 
individual who constitutes the tar- 
get audience of our [evangelical] 
radio and television progress." So 
stated Dr. Eugene R. Bertermann of 
the Lutheran Hour. He was speaking 
to a meeting of the National Reli- 
gious Broadcaster, of which he is 
the president. 

Bertermann added that sometimes 
the dilemma of the religious broad- 
caster is "whether to reach a maxi- 
mum audience with a minimum mes- 
sage, or a minimum audience with a 
maximum message." 

"Of course, we desire neither al- 
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temative. We want maximums all 
down the line." The answer, he said, 
is to make the program "so inter- 
esting, so challenging, so gripping, 
so compelling, that the target au- 
dience, the unchurched listener, can- 
not but tune in, stay tuned in, and 
tune in again to the following pro- 
gram." 

KiU and Eat, but Do It Kindly 

Certain Jewish ritual practices got 
a stiff workout in the House of Rep- 
resentatives when a bill to establish 
humane slaughter methods came up 
for consideration. The bill was ap- 
proved by the House after it in- 
cluded Jewish ritual requirements 
as an alternative method of human 
slaughter. 

Some members of Congress 
doubted that ritual practices are as 
human as may be desirable and 
wanted to omit the alternative 
method. However, the Agricuhure 
committee recommended its inclu- 
sion so as not to discriminate against 
religious practices. 

Debate on the subject included a 
number of references to the Old 
Testament and discussion of the sev- 
eral segments of contemporary Juda- 
ism. Only one of these segments, the 
Orthodox rabbinical council, op- 
posed the bill. Their opposition was 
based on a similar measure in Eng- 
land which was followed by an at- 
tempt to ban ritual slaughter, and 
thereby to do away with kosher 
meat. 

After more than an hour of de- 
bate the major questions seemed to 
be ironed out. The emotional pitch 
leveled off and the bill was passed 
without hesitation. No action has yet 
been scheduled in the Senate. 

Mule Rule 

Across the Potomac, on the Vir- 
ginia side, it is becoming much less 
risky to take an unruly horse or 
donkey to church — in case anyone 
wants to do so. 

The Virginia Legislature has been 
working over the State's legal code 
and eliminating provisions which are 
outmoded or unnecessary. One of 
the sections which got the scissors 
prohibited a person from taking a 
"horse or jack" to a place of pub- 
lic worship after being admonished 

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by anyone not to do so. As a pen- 
alty for the third offense the ani- 
mal was to become the property of 
"any person who will take him up." 

From Right to Left 

It is no secret that the American 
Coalition of Patriotic Societies (an 
association of 90 organizations) has 
little love for the National Council 
of Churches. This is quite natural. 
The Coalition is on the political far 
right and does not spare itself in 
criticizing the social policies of the 
NCC which often turn up left of 
center. 

To back up our impressions on 
this score we need only refer to the 
recent meeting of the Coalition in 
Washington. First, the invocation 
was pronounced by the Rev. How- 
ard W. Kiefer of the Bible Protestant 
Church, of Alexandria, Va. When he 
was introduced, it was made clear 
that his church is not a member of 
the National Council of Churches 
but of the International Council of 
Churches. 

Then the message of the day was 
delivered by Spruille Braden, a for- 
mer ambassador, who roundly de- 
nounced the foreign aid program as 
both unconstitutional and un-Chris- 
tian. This was in marked contrast to 
the action of the NCC last year in 
helping to salvage the foreign aid 
program when it was in trouble on 
Capitol Hill. 

Then the Coalition heard a plea 
to support the immigration policies 
embodied in our present laws, which 
the NCC has been seeking to liber- 
alize. 

Perhaps one statement by the 
churchman, more than any other that 
day, highlights the difference in 
thinking between the two groups. 
"Christ did not go up and down the 
land to get the people out of the 
slums, but to get the slums out of the 
people," he said. 

Action on Alcohol 

Congress is apparently moving 
into a position where it feels it must 
do a litde something by way of 
alcohol legislation. In fact, it has 
already taken the first step by pass- 
ing a drinking-driver test for the Dis- 
trict of Columbia. 



Ever since the repeal of prohibi- 
tion there has been much sentiment 
at the grass roots that alcohol must 
be curbed by legislative measures. 
Wrecked homes gave the evidence to 
start with. Then with the coming of 
more powerful cars, superhighways, 
air travel and other recent develop- 
ments it became increasingly clear 
that alcohol is a potential killer. 

But Congress dodged the issue. 
Liquor interests laid down a bar- 
rage of propaganda that it is only 
a few irresponsibles who are at 
fault. Their product, they would 
have us believe, is an innocent fac- 
tor in the problem. 

At the same time there were ef- 
forts to show that since prohibition 
was unsuccessful no curbs on the 
liquor industry will be beneficial. 

But now there seems to be a 
slight shift in the other direction. 
Nothing big, to be sure. But a shift 
just the same. 

On February 19, the Senate 
passed the amended bill which set 
up a test for drunk drivers. The con- 
ference committee had managed to 
bring the Senate and House versions 
together, so now it was sent over 
to the White House for signature. 
Since it applies to the federal dis- 
trict, it will, to some extent, set the 
pace for the states — although some 
already have similar legislation. 

Next on the list of temperance 
measures is the bill to take alcohol 
off the airlines. The House passed 
this bill two years ago, but the Sen- 
ate failed to act quickly enough and 
the bill died. But last year the Sen- 
ate Aviation subcommittee held 
hearings on a similar bill and after 
some delay it has been reported to 
the full committee without any 
recommendation, for or against. 

The big question right now is: 
Will the bill be killed by adding un- 
acceptable amendments? One or 
two of the suggested amendments 
would do just that, although others 
would strengthen the measure. 

Meanwhile, the corresponding 
committee over in the House is 
watching closely to see what the Sen- 
ate will do. It wants to make sure 
that there will be Senate action be- 
fore working the whole matter over ■ 
again. 

(Copr. ERA, 1958) 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Put That to My Account 



BY RUSSELL M. WARD* 




Dr. Oswald Smith tells of a Mo- 
hammedan whom he saw cut gashes 
in his scalp, insert newspapers, then 
set them afire. He watched in horror 
as this man endured great agony. 
The blood and the fire mingled to- 
gether with a sizzling sound. The 
man did it because of his rehgion, 
for he must make his body suffer, 
endure torture, in order to gain a 
place in heaven. 

How tragic is the above account. 
If this man had only known the truth 
of the Gospel of the grace of God, he 
could have had the blessing for 
which he was searching, the assur- 
ance for his heart had he been will- 
ing simply to believe God, even as 
Abraham did. 

I should like to call your atten- 
tion to a very important text, Ro- 
mans 5:1-8. The question is being 
asked by Paul, first of all to the Jew, 
what Abraham had discovered with 
respect to the principle of salvation 
by faith. This principle had been 
explained clearly in verse 24 of 
chapter 3: "Being justified freely 
by his grace through the redemption 
that is in Christ Jesus." 

In Romans 4:3 we read: "For 
what saith the scripture? Abraham 
believed God, and it was counted 
unto him for righteousness." This 
verse is quoted directly from the 
fifteenth chapter of the Book of 
Genesis. We will call this the his- 
torical basis of Abraham's Belief. 

Historical Basis 

In this chapter of Genesis we read 
the following: "After these things the 
Word of the Lord came unto Abra- 
ham in a vision, saying, Fear not, 
Abram: I am thy shield, and thy 
exceeding great reward. And Abram 
said. Lord God, what wilt thou give 
me, seeing I go childless, and the 
steward of my house is this Ehezer 
of Damascus?" We see that Abra- 
ham was concerned about the prom- 
ise originally made to him, that 
through him all the nations of this 



*Pastor. North Riverdale Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio 

Morc/i 29, 1958 



earth should be blessed. This prom- 
ise would be carried out, but how 
he could not see, for he and Sara 
were childless up to this point. So 
the Lord brought him outside his 
tent and said: "Look now toward 
heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be 
able to number them: and he said 
unto him. So shall thy seed be. And 
he believed in the Lord; and he 
counted it to him for righteousness." 
So this is the instance in which Abra- 
ham at an advanced age had come 
to believe in the Lord, to believe 
God with respect to these great 
promises, and God put it to his ac- 
count for righteousness. It is this his- 
torical incident which is commented 
upon in Romans, chapter 4. 

It is quite interesting that Abram's 
name means "father of many." 
Therefore, he must have been the 
target of many a joke about his 
name since he had no children at all; 
however, the Scripture emphasizes 
the fact that Abram beheved God in 
spite of these things. 

The Moral Basis 

In Titus 1:2 we note the phrase: 
"God that cannot lie." This reminds 
us that while the Scripture says 
Abraham beheved God, it is the 
moral character of the God who 
made the promises which is behind 
this historical faith. The character 
of God as a holy, righteous God is 
brought into consideration. If it is 
"God who cannot he," therefore, 
I must believe hun. If I fail to do 
so, it is essentially the same as say- 
ing that He is untrue, that He is not 
fit to be trusted in any matter; but 
such is not the case! We, like Abra- 
ham, believe that God cannot lie! 

The Biblical Explanation 

Let us return to Romans 4:3 
where we read: "Abraham beheved 
God, and it was counted unto him 
for righteousness." This phrase is 
the same one which you find in the 
Book of Philemon, verse 18. Ap- 
parently one of Philemon's slaves 
had run away from home, possibly 




with the theft of a sum of money. 
The circumstances were that he 
found himself in jail in the great city 
of Rome. Providentially the Apostle 
Paul was in the same prison. Evi- 
dendy he witnessed to this young 
man and he accepted Christ as his 
Saviour. Now Paul writes to his 
friend, Philemon, and asks him to 
receive the young man back home 
and in full forgiveness. He said in 
verse 17: "If thou count me there- 
fore a partner, receive him as my- 
self." In other words, he is asking 
Philemon to attribute to Onesimus 
the same personal credit, or merit, 
which Paul himself had in the eyes 
and friendship of Philemon. Then 
he proceeded to say: "If he hath 
wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, 
put that on mine account." This is 
equivalent to saying: "Charge me 
with what he owes you." This is a 
transaction which is accomplished 
every day in the business world. Per- 
haps you have done it recendy your- 
self, surrendering a charge-a-plate, 
asking that the particular item which 
you have purchased be placed to 
your account as a debit entry. This 
word which is used in Romans 4:3, 
"counted unto him," is just that 
word. It simply means that Abraham 
believed God's Word and that God 
put that down to his account in 
place of righteousness. 

Another way in which this same 
word is used in our New Testa- 
ment is a very illuminating fashion. 
In the Book of Mark, chapter 15, 
verse 28 is used in the following 
phrase, speaking of our Lord Jesus 
Christ's crucifixion, "he was num- 
bered with the transgressors." Here 
this word was selected by the Holy 
Spirit because while other words 
could have been used, this was the 
only correct one at this point. Jesus 



(Continued on page 203) 



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T^ke Living Scriptures— by Jack ijamm 

Needed: A Double Missile Emphasis 




'*FOI^ THE WEAPONS OF 
WARFA15E A15E NOT CARNAL, 



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BUT MIGHTY TH150U6H 60DTO 
THE PULLING DOWN OF 6TRON(5 
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A Quiz 
for 



the Teacher 



Do you remove your teaching re- 
sponsibilities with your Sunday 



clothes? 



Are you regular in attendance, 
or does your "sub" get plenty of 
practice? 



BY SYLVIA MATTSON 



If you must be absent, do you 
notify your assistant teacher in 
plenty of time? 



Reprinted by permission from Church Business, publication of Duplex Envelope Co. 




DO "iOU HfiiVE TROUBLE 
"MAKING THE GRfiD£"ON 
SUNDfiy MOANING ? 




DO you FEEL ALL 
WOAN OUT AND READV 
TO CALL yOUR 
/ASSISTANT TEACHER? 




DID you SLEEP LATE, 
ALMOST FORGETTING 
THAT you HAD TO 
TEACH P 




DO yOOR PUPILS TELL 
OTHERS THAT yOU ARE 
A WONDERFUL TEACHER? 




DO yOUA PUPILS COME, 
RAIN OR SHINE, BECAUSE 
you ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD 
LESSON FOR THEM ? 




ARE yOUR PUPILS HAPPy 
ON SUNDAY MORNING 
BECAUSE THEY FIND SUHDAY 
SCHOOL IVTERE5TING AND 
WORTH WHILE ? 



Do you spend plenty of time in 
the preparation of the lesson? Or 
do you wait until you get to church 
and then sit in the car glancing 
over the lesson, while the rest of 
the family attends the opening Sun- 
day-school worship service? 



Are you using all the talent that 
God has given you? Could you 
develop more if you took the time 
to do so? 



Do you use a variety of teaching 
methods, such as blackboard 
sketches, flannelboard lessons, illus- 
trations and stories, object lessons, 
and quizzes? 



Have you a friendly smile and 
a pleasant expression when you 
speak? 



Have you poise and self-control? 



Do you hesitate, groping for 
words? 



Do you enunciate clearly? 



Do you speak too loudly? 



Is your voice high-pitched, giv- 
ing the effect of an instrument out 
of tune? 



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Community Gidn- Bitthifii Church 




Brass Quartet. From left to right: Frank 

Gardner, Clark Miller. James Dowdy, and 

Dr. Austin Robbins 



Warsaw, Indiana 

Church 

Dedicated 

The service of dedication of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church, 
of Warsaw, Ind., was held at 2:30 
p.m, on March 2. 

The dedicatory speaker was Rev, 
Mark Malles, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, of Fort Wayne, 
Ind. 

The Community Grace Brethren 
Church began as a branch Sunday 
school of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church in February 1956, The fol- 
lowing October the group organ- 
ized into a Brethren church, incor- 
porated under the laws of the State 
of Indiana. Rev. Clyde K, Landrum 
was the organizing pastor. In April 
1957 Rev. Robert J, Cover became 
the pastor. 

From the beginning, meetings 
were held in the K of P lodge build- 
ing. In October 1957 the church 
purchased the building and now 
holds it in its name. Since that time 
remodeling and redecorating have 
made the building a beautiful place 
of worship. 

Attendance at the Sunday school 
has increased steadily, reaching a 
record of 130 on February 23. The 
church membership is increasing 
proportionately. Interest in the com- 
munity is growing. The average at- 
tendance a year ago was 49. 

From the time of the conception 
of the work, it has been self-sup- 
porting and although the original 
group was small, with the help of the 
Lord, every obligation has been met. 

The church has a fine musical 
program with a Junior BYF choir, 
the adult choir, and a brass quar- 
tet, pictured at left. 

The church has laid strong em- 
phasis on the youth aspect, and the 
laymen of the church have been ac- 
tively engaged in this work, as the 
next page of this issue will reveal. 
Approximately 35 boys and 18 men 
meet each Monday night in this ef- 
fort to reach the youth. 

We believe this work has grown 
out of the need for a church in our 
locality, and therefore the church 
stands ready to serve the community 
in any way possible. 



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SKY PILOTS ACTIVE AT 

WARSAW, 
INDIANA 

BY IVAN RITZERT 

Vice President, Indiana District Laymen 



As a result of our 1957 faU re- 
vival, at the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, of Warsaw, Ind., 
the laymen of our church became 
burdened for the boys of our com- 
munity and nation. While discussing 
the teen-age problem of today, one 
layman said: "The more I think 
about it, the more I think that a 
boys' club is not just a possibility in 
our church but a necessity." 

We were urged to pray about the 
matter of starting a boys' work in 
our church. Then, on the last day of 
our revival meetings, after much 
prayer, we laymen met and ap- 
ipointed a committee to plan and 
organize a boys' work. 

Offering to give both our time and 
money to the Lord, we, as a lay- 
men's organization, decided to fi- 
nance and man the Sky Pilot pro- 
gram. We met during the week and 
built cupboards so the boys might 
liave a place in which to store their 
airplanes. Then, ten of us organ- 
zed and began training to teach the 
3oys. After three weeks of prepara- 
:ion, we met in the church with the 
3oys on October 28, 1957. Thirteen 
)oys were present at the meeting. 
From the first meeting on, we 
;mphasized that the boy should be a 
nan missionary in his "home, in his 
chool, and on his playground. As a 
esult of this, the boys and men went 
work and brought in 32 boys and 
3 men, making a total of 45 boys 
tnd 23 men in our squadron. 

On February 16, 1958, our squad- 
on climaxed five months in organi- 
ation with its first Court of Honor, 
^ev. Elmer B. Sachs, founder and 
irector of Sky Pilots, International 
resented 13 boys with their wings 
nd the squadron with its charter. 

Therefore, we laymen are being 
rawn closer to the Lord. Our boys 

lofc/i 29, 7958 




Presenting the colors From left to nght Ronme Grubb, Charles Creekmore, and Paul Warmer 




Sky Pilots squadron on the night of the Court of Honor 



are ha/nmg Scripture V2rs2s and 
reading their Bibbs. As a result of 
the spiritual emphasis given to the 
boys, homes have been reached and 
many of the parents have given testi- 
mony to the wonderful change in 
their boys. 

Sixteen boys have found Christ as 
a result of Sky Pilots. Of the 16, 11 
have been won to the Lord by our 
boys. Now, we, the laymen of the 
Warsaw church, are praising God 
that nearly everyone of our boys is 
now witnessing to someone about 
the Lord every week. 

Our motto is: "It costs less to 
build boys than to mend men; yet it 
costs!" 




Rev. Elmer Sachs, founder and director of 

s>Ky Pilots, presenting charter to squadron 

captain. Ivan Ritzert 



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/PULSE/POINTl 

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NEWS 

Selected by the Editor 



NOTICE TO READERS: The purpose of this page is to provide our readers with worldwide 
religious news. All material is presented as news without editorial comment, and does 
not necessarily reflect the theological position of this magazine. — Editor. 



CHICAGO, ILL. A national 
observation of Missionary Radio 
Prayer Day is being sponsored by 
the World Conference on Missionary 
Radio. The date set for the observa- 
tion is June 15 — the last day of 
the second World Conference on 
Missionary Radio at the Moody 
Bible Institute, Chicago. 

Purpose of the observation is to 
unite Christians in prayer that God 
will "undertake, undergird and unc- 
tionize for the more effectual going 
forth of all phases of missionary 
radio and television effort." 

GREENVILLE, S. C. Dr. Bob 
Jones, Jr., president of Bob Jones 
University, has announced that the 
curriculum of the Department of 
Radio and Television will be ex- 
panded next fall to include a con- 
centration in broadcast engineer- 
ing. The program of study is de- 
signed primarily to help fill the de- 
mand for trained technicians for 
missionary radio stations and Chris- 
tian broadcasters in the U. S., but 
it will also b3 of great value to 
prospective missionary candidates, 
many of whom will often be isolated 
from civilization except for short- 
wave radio communications. 

Included in the new program will 
be courses in the maintenance and 
repair of AM and FM transmitters 
and receivers, and oneration and 
servicing of all types of studio equip- 
ment, such as control consoles, 
microphones, tape recorders, disc 
lathes, and special-effects devices. 
A sufficient amount of radio and 
television theory will be included on 
the undergraduate level to qualify 
the student to meet the require- 
ments of the Federal Communica- 
tions Commission for a first-class 
radio-telephone operator's license. 

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GALVESTON, TEX. The First 
Methodist Church has received a 
grant of S2,500,000 for the con- 
struction of a new building. The 
grant is from the Moody Founda- 
tion, and carries the stipulation that 
the name of the church shall be 
changed to the Moody Memorial 
Methodist church, in memory of the 
late W. L. Moody, Jr., Galveston 
financier. 

SAN FRANCISCO. Billy Gra- 
ham's evangelistic crusade in the 
Cow Palace, San Francisco, will 
last eight weeks (two weeks longer 
than originally planned). It will 
open April 27 and conclude June 22 
with a rally at Kezar Stadium where 
an attendance of 60,000 is antici- 
pated. 

NEW YORK. Four additional 
U. S. publishing firms have been 
authorized to publish the Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible, start- 
ing in 1962, and a contract with a 
fifth is in negotiation. This step by 
the National Council of Churches, 
which holds the copyright on the 
RSV., will end the monopoly which 
Thomas Nelson and Sons have had 
on the printing of the new Bible 
version. The development resulted 
from increasing use of the version. 
Since 1952 nearly 6 million copies 
of the RSV Bible have been sold, 
plus 31/2 million copies of the RSV 
New Testament. 

KOREA. Members of the Eighth 
Engineering Battalion of the First 
U. S. Cavalry Division are contribut- 
ing toward a bell for a new Korean 
Presbyterian Church. Previously the 
American Army engineers contrib- 
uted building materials to help 
erect the new church. Braving 25- 
below-zero weather, they also put 
in their spare time running a bull- 



dozer to cut a road through the side 
of a hill to make access to the 
church easier. 

LONDON. A member of the Brit- 
ish Parliament, returning from Rus- 
sia, reported an odd complaint 
against the Baptists in Russia. He ' 
said an organ of the Communist 
youth organization labelled Bap- 
tists as "particularly dangerous, for 
among them the laymen are also 
evangelists." The paper complained 
that "every Russian Baptist tries to 
win at least one adherent to his 
faith." 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. The 
people of Moscow are not at all in- 
clined to gloat over their sputniks 
and other scientific accomplish- 
ments. Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl 
reported on his return from a visit 
to the Russian capital. "Invariably it 
was I who brought up the subject," 
he said. "And they were hesitant 
to talk to an American about it." 
Dr. Youngdahl, pastor of Mount 
Olivet Lutheran church, Minneap- 
olis, said this was not because they 
fear their police. "Rather," he said, 
"they were afraid of the reaction of 
an American." 

He explained: "The Russians I 
spoke to are desperately afraid that 
their sputniks may lead to an arms < 
race with the United States, and an 
eventual war. Everyone I spoke to 
soft-pedaled the military implica- 
tions fo their satellites." The Russian ■ 
men-in-the-street, the clergyman 1 
added, are terribly worried about 
America's military buildup. And 
their rulers don't let them forget the 
American military bases all around 
them, he pointed out. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 14th 
annual convention of Youth for 
Christ will be held here June 29 I 
through July 13. Speakers will in- 
clude: Rev. Roy Gustafson, Dr. 
Robert Cook, Dr. T. W. Wilson, and | 
Rev. Leighton Ford. 1 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Post j 
Office announced a new 8-cent post- j 
age stamp bearing the motto "Ini| 
God We Trust" is being designed) 
and will go on sale at Cleveland,; 
Ohio, on March 22d. Like the one im 
use since 1954 it will be read, white; 
and blue in color. ■ 

r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



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BY JACK MELLICK 



The Apostle Paul rebuked the Ga- 
latians with the following words: 
"Are ye so foolish? having begun 
in the Spirit, are ye now made per- 
fect by the flesh?" He might have 
said, "Having begun 'by faith' are 
ye now finishing 'by works' and self- 
effort?" 

It is "consistent orthodoxy" to 
"contend for the faith" and be true 
in teaching and preaching according 
to I Corinthians chapter 1. That is, 
we will "be true to that old rugged 
:ross, and its shame and reproach 
gladly bear"! Let the world call it 
'weak" or "foolish" but we wiU still 
Dreach it and prove it as the "power 
)f God" and the "wisdom of God"! 
Ne will stay by the "base things" 
md the "things that are not," in the 
vorld's eyes because they are truly 
he things that produce results. God 
)wns His Gospel! The Holy Spirit 



does His work! This is what God has 
ordained and will honor regardless 
of our theories. It gives Him all the 
glory. "He that glorieth, [boastest] 
let him glory in the Lord" that God 
in all things may be glorified! This 
is in order that "no flesh should 
glory [boast] in His presence." 

However we are not consistent, 
even the most orthodox, unless we 
still, in prayer, demand the presence 
and power of God. Many, many, 
fundamental, Bible-believing groups 
demand the "God-glorifying" "sal- 
vation by faith," to get people "in." 
We do well in this matter, but we 
ought not to "leave the other un- 
done." That is, we should "go on" in 
God's method, which is by prayer, 
to cast ourselves whoUy upon the 
resources of God. We defeat our pur- 
pose to glorify God and are highly 
inconsistent when we "break over" 



and begin to depend upon schemes, 
"gadgets," self-effort and "the sen- 
sational" to continue the work! It 
is not consistent to promote and dis- 
pense a "God-glorifying" Gospel in 
"man-glorifying" ways. We depend 
often on "big-name" men and "play 
them up" in sensational advertising. 
We multiply committees which often 
"include" the "prayer committee." 
It is not a neglected place, but God 
has ordained that it should be "all 
in all" and any other things should 
stem from, and be the result of, 
earnest prayer. 

Special evangelistic services are 
good, when bom of prayer, and 
supported by prayer, but we wonder 
again as to what God would be 
pleased to accomplish in our midst 
were we to be consistent in having 
methods as "orthodox" as our mes- 
sage. 



PUT THAT TO MY ACCOUNT 

(Continued from page 197) 

ms not by character a transgressor. 
le could only be charged as a trans- 
ressor; therefore, the Scripture is 
ery careful to say only "he was 
umbered' with the transgressors." 

By way of contrast, let us con- 
der another use of the term "num- 
ered" in the New Testament. Turn 
) the Book of Acts, chapter 1, 
;rse 26, where a new apostle is 
£ing selected to take the place of 
adas. In the latter part of chapter 

we have the record of this con- 
deration and election. After the 
len had prayed earnestly about it, 
Jrse 26 says: "And they gave forth 
leir lots; and the lot fell upon 
latthias; and he was numbered 
ith the eleven apostles." At first 
ance it might appear as though 
le simple word describing the num- 
:ring of Matthias with the other 
Jostles is the same word that is 
!ed to describe our Lord's number- 
g with the transgressors. However, 
is is not so. The word here is a 
fferent word describing the simple 

arch 29, 1958 



results of an election. It is not a 
bookkeeping entry, as our other term 
is. It has nothing to do with the 
character of Matthias, but only the 
simple fact of him being officially 
enrolled in a group of men exactly 
like himself. How wonderful it is 
that God has so carefully preserved 
even the very words of our New 
Testament to bring to us the clear 
revelation of His grace. We are re- 
minded again that "all Scripture is 
given by inspiration of God and is 
profitable. . . ." 

What does this mean to me per- 
sonally? Romans 3:24 says that we 
stand justified freely (without cost 
or cause) by His grace through the 
redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 
If it is true that on the basis of 
Abraham's faith God put that to his 
account in place of a righteousness 
which he did not have, then it is 
likewise possible for God to deal 
so with me! 

One of the first things that God 
tells me when he begins to describe 
my character is that "there is none 
righteous, no, not one." Literally, 
not a single one (Rom. 3:10). The 



complete absence of human right- 
eousness and human merit is the 

thing that He would have me know 
for certain. The only possible thing 
which He will receive in lieu of this 
moral righteousness is my simple 
faith in His promise. It is only thus 
possible for God to count me right- 
eous if I will trust Him with respect 
to His Son. Romans 4:23-25 makes 
this personal application clear: 
"Now it was not written for his 
sake alone, that it was imputed [put 
to his account] to him; but for us 
also, to whom it shall be imputed, 
if we believe on him that raised up 
Jesus our Lord from the dead; who 
was delivered for our offences and 
was raised again for our justifica- 
tion." Therefore, for me by personal 
faith to trust the Lord Jesus Christ 
as my Saviour means that God wiU 
keep His Word, not only as a God 
who cannot he, but as One who has 
already raised His Son from the dead 
to justify me. How wonderfully true 
it is that "for by grace are ye saved 
through faith; and that not of your- 
selves: it is the gift of God: not of 
works, lest any man should boast." 

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REPENTANCE 



THE LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN 



BY GENE WITZKY 

Pastor, Ireland Road Brethren Church 
South Bend, Ind. 



Repentance means to change the 
mind. It is a word of power and 
action; it is a word that signifies a 
complete revolution in the mind of 
the individual; it is a turning away 
from sin and turning toward God. 
The prodigal son in the far country 
became so sick of the pigs and the 
starvation rations that he gave up his 
place and standing with the pigs and 
his low life; he swallowed his pride 
and started back to his home. He 
■went back to his father, the only one 
who really wanted him. This is true 
repentance — the kind of repentance 
that we need to see and must see 
among Christian people who have 
grown cold toward the Lord and 
spiritual things. 

In the Book of Revelation in the 
message to the church of Laodicea, 
the church of our day, we find this 
plea for repentance. Never could 
there have been a better picture of 
the church of Jesus Christ today than 
this one. "I know thy works, that 
thou art neither cold nor hot: I 
would thou wert cold or hot. So then 
because thou art lukewarm, and 
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee 
out of my mouth" (Rev. 3:15-16). 
Never has there been so much join- 
ing of the worship of God with the 
worship of Mammon. Never has it 
been so easy to go to church and still 
be so popular in the world, or go to 
church and talk so freely about 
worldly things and have them so 
well received. 

When something is lukewarm, it 
is nauseating to the taste and is 
usually spit out. That is the way 
God feels about the church of our 
day; He is ready to spew it out 
and be done with it. 

When water becomes lukewarm, 
we usually agree that it was left in 
a cold place, or someone injected 
cold water. For a hostess to serve 
lukewarm tea would not be too bad, 
but if the hostess boasted that the tea 
was hot, that would be unforgivable. 
The church of Jesus Christ is doing 
just that. Whole denominations and 
complete congregations are boasting 

204 



of what they have done in giving 
to missions, bragging about their 
pastor, gloating over their individual 
prosperity, and pointing to their 
lavishly furnished homes, the size 
of their bankroll, the investments 
they have made. Others are busy 
praising their orthodoxy. 

Thus men and women of the 
church of Jesus Christ of our day 
have allowed themselves to be 
cooled off. Our churches are beau- 
tiful, our pastors have nice, new 
shiny cars, our choirs wear robes — 
some homes have two and three cars 
— the dogs and cats eat better than 
the people of China and India. We 
eat more food than any other 
humans on the earth and more than 
we need; we have more clothes and 
more shoes than we really need; we 
all buy too many extras. We see so 




Gene Witzky 

many things that the face of our 
beloved Saviour grows very dim, and 
we become lukewarm. Then we take 
a good dose of television, radio, and 
all the other amusements the world 
has to offer. All of these things act 
as cooling agents. 

With all the latest conveniences, 
with all the material wealth, with 
plenty of food, a good reputation 
for being a good citizen, less is 
being done in individual lives to 
please the Lord than ever before. 
There is a lukewarmness that has 
swept over the church of Jesus Christ 
that is appalling. Many Christians 
are admitting that they are not what 
they used to be for the Lord; they 
shrug their shoulders and say: "I 
know it is because I don't read my 



Bible enough, and we don't have 
family prayer any more. They will 
call attention to the sins of others, 
and the rise of materialism all 
around, but still go on in the their 
same careless way with half a smile 
on their faces. Do you think 
this is pleasing to the Lord? 
What do you suppose the Lord 
wants? What do you suppose 
He is saying, or at least trying to 
say, to the Christian of this our day? 
The truth of the matter, God says 
we are "wretched, and miserable, 
and poor, and blind, and naked." 
As many as I love says the Lord 
"I rebuke and chasten: be zealous 
therefore, and repent" (Rev. 3:17, 
19). 

You are right, the Christian can- 
not lose his soul, but there are other 
precious things he can and is losing i 
by sin. He can lose the joy of his 
salvation; he can lose conscious daily 
fellowship with Christ. He can lose 
his influence, his happiness. Luke- 
warm Christians lose their victory 
over sin, lose their enjoyment of the 
Bible, lose the answers to their 
prayers, perhaps lose the souls they 
might win, and certainly lose much 
of the reward they might have im 
heaven. 

Is the call to repentance a vaim 
call as far as you are concerned? Re- 
member this call comes at a time 
when it is not easy to answer it. 
There are so many Christians who 
are selling themselves down the riveri 
of ease and the path of least resist 
tance. This call comes through the 
pen of the Apostle Paul: "Where- 
fore he saith. Awake thou that sleep- 
est, and arise from the dead, and 
Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 
5:14). The call conies from the risen 
Lord: ". . . be zealous therefore: 
and repent. Behold, I stand at the; 
door and knock: if any man hear m>ij 
voice and open the door, I will comeii 
in to him, and will sup with himii 
and he with me" (Rev. 3:19-2). Note 
the primary message of this passage, 

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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE 



ROMANS 



BY GERALD POLMAN* 



The Importance of Paul's Epistles 
to the Seven Churches. 

The Apostle Paul wrote nine epis- 
tles which he sent to seven churches. 
The Epistles are Romans, I and II 
Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, 
Phihppians, Colossians, I and II 
Thessalonians. These have been 
written especially for the instruction 
of every Christian. The other epistles 
written by Paul were sent to in- 
dividuals and not to churches. 
However, they are also meant for 
the instruction and help of the 
Christian. 

The Bible's subject matter has 
to do with three main groups: the 
Jew, the gentile, and the church of 
God or the Christians. These are not 
identical and they do not overlap. 
The group which the Pauline Epis- 
tles deal with is the church of God 
3r the Christians. Many times these 
Epistles "are looked upon as but an 
appendage to the Gospels and Acts 
—as having about as much signi- 
iicance as a footnote to a book, and 
ibout the same relation — incidental 
vhen they are fundamental." Be- 
:ause of this fact many Christians 
)ass these church epistles by as un- 
mportant to themselves. But they 
tre a benefit to the Christian because 
n them he finds his calling and his 
lope. 

The Importance of the Epistle to 
he Romans. 

Having pointed out the impor- 
ance of all the church epistles, now 
vs want to narrow the field to the 
mportance of the Epistle to the 
t-omans. 

The canonical order of the nine 
pistles or letters written to the 
2ven churches is as follows: Rom- 
ns, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, 
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 
and II Thessalonians. These nine 
tiurch epistles were not written in 
le order in which they appear in the 
ible. They are with a few excep- 
ons in almost the reverse order. If 



•Pastor, First Brethren Church, 
Glendale, Calif. 



these books were studied in the 
opposite order from which they ap- 
pear in the Bible, beginning with 
Thessalonians and ending with Ro- 
mans, it would be just as difficult 
"for a person to try to master geom- 
etry before learning the multiplica- 
tion table. Romans holds the pass 
key by which we pass onto the Co- 
rinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, 
and on to the close." 

The order in which the church 
epistles are, is not an accident. There 
was a real purpose behind the place- 
ment. Wilham L. Pettingill, points 
out another reason for the placing 
of Romans first. "It is fitting that 
Romans should be located at the 
beginning of the New Testament 
epistles, because of its fundamental 
character, setting forth as it does in 
logical order of sequence the things 
that are elementary in 'the faith 
which was once delivered to the 
saints.' " 

Romans is the presentation of the 
fundamentals of a Christian educa- 
tion course. It is the "A B C book in 
Christian education, which finds 
man in sin, and through faith in 
Christ, he stands justified before 
God." 

Paul wrote his Epistle to the Ro- 
mans during a stay of three months 
at Corinth when he was on his third 
missionary journey. The date of 
Paul's writing was about A.D. 58. 
The material is organized in a very 
systematic study. 

The Organization of the Epistle 
of Paul to the Romans. 

The Epistle to the Romans has 
three main divisions which gives 
the book its organization. These di- 
visions are as follows: 
Salvation (chap, 1 — 8). 
Dispensation (chap. 9 — 11). 
Exhortation (chap. 12 — 16). 
If some one would name all 16 
chapters of Romans according to 
their content, we should find that 
chapters 9 — 11 of the second di- 
vision of Dispensation have a change 
of subject. The subject of Romans 



changes with chapter 9, but it is 
resumed again in chapter 12. We will 
call this division in which the subject 
changes "The Parenthetical Por- 
tion." 

This "parenthetical portion" does 
not change the subject matter of the 
book. It is used for the same pur- 
pose as a parenthesis in a sentence. 
A sentence is fragmatically correct 
without the parenthesis; Romans 
with the "parenthetical portion" is 
the same. If these three chapters, 
9 — 11, were left out, one could read 
right straight through without know- 
ing anything had been left out. 

The theme of this "parenthetical 
portion" has to do with Israel, while 
the "main portion" of Romans has 
to do with the church. The "paren- 
thetical portion" "takes up the httle 
section in 3:1-8, "What advantage 
then hath the Jew?' and carries Ihe 
answer to its utmost limit . . . This 
matter about the Jews relation to 
Christianity was a vital one in Paul's 
day." 

In these three chapters Paul 
changes the subject from an explana- 
tion of grace in chapters 1 — 8 to 
an explanation of God's present 
dealing with Israel. God had com- 
mitted himself many times to Abra- 
ham and his seed to bless them as a 
nation. Paul now reconciles the 
"no-distinction-between-Jew - and 
Greek" message that he was preach- 
ing. Paul did not want to leave the 
impression that Israel was a dis- 
obedient people, and that God had 
rejected them entirely, and was going 
to give His blessing to the gentiles 
instead. 

At the writing of the Epistle of 
Romans, the message of the New 
Testament was just beginning to be 
presented to the Greeks. They were 
being "blessed" by God; and Israel, 
who were God's chosen people, 
didn't understand. So this "paren- 
thetical portion" was inserted by 
Paul as an explanatory or a qualify- 



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God's Law 

BY REX MORRIS 
Layman, Mansfield, Ohio 



e £wii:g Scriptures^ hijjiickfltimm 

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No basic principle or doctrine of 
Christian truth is more misunder- 
stood than the Ten Commandments. 
Our adversary Satan has certainly 
slipped one over on the bulk of the 
people on this subject. A great and 
precious truth has been twisted and 
turned until many have a completely 
wrong impression of God's holy law. 
Satan is the deceiver who doesn't 
always oppose us face to face but 
insinuates himself into our midst and 
perverts and distorts our beliefs until 
he has us thinking and teaching 
what he wants us to. He has been 
surprisingly successful in his attempt 
to destroy the real meaning of the 
law. 

In the Bible almost every time 
the word "law" is used it means 
God's holy standard of righteousness 
for man, or in easy-to-understand 
language it means God's entrance re- 
quirements to heaven. Entrance re- 
quirements? Yes; that is just exactly 
what they are. God is saying to you 
and me that in order to enter heaven 
we must meet the requirements of 
the law. In the Book of James He 
says that whosoever breaks ihe 
least point of the law is guilty, the 
same as if he broke it all. 

If we are all lost, then who can 
attain heaven? So far we can see 
that if we get there it will not be 
by our own abilities or good works. 
Every law given in spiritual or civil 
affairs contains penalties if not 
obeyed. Our civil lars are made to 
protect us from wrong and 
protect us from wrong and when 
we break them we pay fines 
and sometimes go to jail. With- 
out a penalty any law becomes 
void because fear of the penalty is 
the strength of the law. Our penalty 
for breaking God's spiritual law is 
death. Not only the death of the 
physical body, but the spiritual death 
of the soul as well. I have heard it 
described in many ways, such as 

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separation from God, hell, and the 
lake of fire and brimstone. We most 
certainly have broken the law and 
we know the penalty. If we're going 
to heaven, we will surely need help. 
Someone must pay the penalty for 
us. Someone must redeem us and not 
only cancel the debt but remove it 
completely, as though it never exist- 
ed, in order for us to come into the 
presence of God. 

That great Someone is Jesus 
Christ who onthe cross of Calvary 
paid in full the penalty yof our sins 
and brought us back from spiritual 
death. That is why the Bible calls 
Him the great Redeemer. He paid 
our penalty, thereby redeeming our 
souls, and we can enter heaven in 
His name and by His power. The 
only way we can know that we need 
a Saviour is to realize that as far as 
God is concerned we are lost. When 
we really believe this in our hearts, 
we welcome the Redeemer and ac- 
cept Him with joy and relief. How 
wonderful to find a way of escape 
from the penaUy of the law! 

As soon as we have accepted the 
Saviour, the law has fulfilled its main 
purpose in our lives. To put the 
above in the form of an example 
which we can easily grasp, let us 
suppose that we are not feeling well 
and go to the doctor. He examines 
us and has some X-rays taken. Per- 
haps he finds something wrong and 
an operation is in order. Does the 
X-ray cure you? No; positively not. 
All the X-ray can do is to show you 
your condition, and then you must 
take the necessary action. When 
you do take action, the X-ray has 
served its purpose. So it is with ihe 
law. We look at it and find some- 
thing wrong with our spiritual con- 
dition. That old cancer called sin 
has gotten into us. Can the law cure 
sin? No; positively not. Only the 
action shown necessary by the law 
will remove the sin and the penalty. 




We must turn to the Physician of the 
soul who was sent forth from heaven 
for this express purpose. He pro- 
vided the way for us to attain 
Heaven, and we have our choice. 
Which shall it be for you — action 
and life eternal, or inaction and 
eternal hell? 

Numerous Biblical references can 
be checked if you desire to verity 
the facts given so far. The Bible says: 
"The law was our schoolmaster to 
bring [or chase] us unto Christ"; "By 
the deeds of the law there shall no 
flesh be justified in his [God's] sight; 
for by the law is the knowledge of 
sin"; and "By grace are ye saved, 
through faith; and that not of your- 
selves; it [salvation] is the gift of 
God: not of works, lest any man 
should boast." Many, many more j 
could be given. The entire Book of | 
Galatians is a discourse on law and ' 
grace. Salvation as a free gift, rather 
than something earned through our 
efforts, can be found on almost 
every page of the New Testament. 

Some will no doubt say: "Well, if 
Christ paid it all, then I'll just ac- 
cept Him and continue in my sins. 
I'll just forget all about the law." 
God forbid, that is the last thing we 
should do. Even though we have | 
been given Christ as our refuge, God i 
still wants us to do our best to honor ; 
His commandments. If we sincerely ' 
beUeve that there is a real heaven! 
to gain and a hell to avoid, then wei 
surely should be thankful to our God \ 
for providing us a way to heaven,; 
and we should make every effort to | 
obey His law. ! 

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For example, let us say you were 
approached by a man who said: 
"Come and work for me. I will pay 
you well and give you a fine home. 
I'll keep you in your old age, too." 
Perhaps the wages would be double 
your present pay and you would be 
safe and secure all your life. How 
long would you hesitate before you 
accepted the job? And once installed 
in the new position, wouldn't you 
have a desire ^j please your em- 
ployer and follow his instructions? 
That's the way it is with God. By 
realizing your condition through the 
law and then turning to the remedy 
(Christ), you will want to serve the 
One who made it all possible. God's 
law cannot save you. It can only 
condemn you. Our civil laws cannot 
save you if you break them. They 
can only fix the penalty and con- 
demn you. Condemned by law — 
saved by Christ — is all so reason- 
able if the basic truths are clear 
to us. 



ROMANS 

(Continued from page 205) 

ing statement. These three chapters 
do not set forth the Christian's sal- 
vation or his place in Christ, as 
do chapters 1 — 8. They unfold to 
the Christians their relative place 
in God's plans, along with the nation 
of Israel's place in God's plans. 

A further proof that the "paren- 
thetical portion" is complete in it- 
self is that chapter 1 1 closes with a 
leparate benediction and amen. 
Then chapter 12 continues with the 
subject of chapter 8. The "main por- 
ion," which is divided into two 
iivisions by the "parenthetical por- 
ion," is subdivided into seven sec- 
ions. These are as follows: 

Condemnation (chap. 1 — 3). 

Justification (chap. 4 — 5). 

Sanctification (chap. 6 — 7). 

Glorification (chap. 8). Third di- 
'ision — Exhortation (chap. 12 — 
6). 

Transformation (chap. 12 — 13). 

Exhortation (chap. 14 — 15). 

Salutation (chap. 16). 

"In chapters 1 — 8, the apostle of 
lie gentiles calls attention of gentile 
nd Jew alike as sinners before God, 
tiat all need to accept Christ chat 

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they may become sharers of the 
good things that are to come. God 
actually proclaimed in a prophetic 
way this good news to Abraham. 
Chapters 1 — 3 bring this point out 
very strongly. Aftsr Paul does this, 
in chapter 4:5 he illustrates and en- 
forces the fact that a man is justi- 
fied by faith apart from works of 
law. Faith is the condition of our 
justification, not the ground of it. 
The ground of a Christian's justifi- 
cation is the death of Christ on the 
cross. 

In chapters 6 — 7, Paul shows that 
righteousness revealed in the Gospel 
does not only justify the believer, 
but gives dominion over sin wliich 
produces sanctification. "The gospel 
revealed the only effectual method of 
justification, and just as it can pro- 
duce justification, so it can secure 
sanctification." 

Then in the logical order in chap- 
ter 8, Paul brings out the believer's 
glorification. Thus we see in this first 
division of Romans, Paul takes the 
reader from condemnation to glorifi- 
cation. 

The second division of the Epistle 
to the Romans has been discussed 
in preceding paragraphs as the "par- 
enthetical portion," So we will pass 
on to the division of Exhortation. 

Chapters 12 — 16 are an exhorta- 
tion based on the truth or doctrine 
of salvation as set forth in chapters 
1 — 8. "The T beseech you therefore' 
of 12:1 continues chapter 8 as an 
exhortation." It does not follow 
chapter 1 1, which with chapters 9 — 
10 are the parenthesis within the 
Epistle. 

Chapter 1 1 of the parenthesis hav- 
ing ended, Paul continues with the 
"main portion" of Romans. "The 
strictly doctrinal teaching of the first 
of the seven church Epistles being 
now concluded, the apostle, as a 
wise master-builder, follows it up 
in this and remaining chapters, by 
impressing believers with the holy 
obligations which their standing and 
life in Christ imposes upon them." 
This last portion of Romans is 
practical. It shows the Christian his 
life's duties. It begins with the doc- 
trinal and ends with the personal ap- 
plication. 

The Epistle of Paul to the Ro- 
mans, which begins with a word of 
salutation to the Christians that are 



in Rome, ends with chapter 16 which 
is in the nature of a postscript. It is 
almost wholly concerned with per- 
sonal greetings to individuals of 
whom very little is known. The chap- 
ter is still significant, in that it shows 
that Paul was not taken up with 
helping the church at Rome as a 
whole, but "like his Master, he was 
individualistic in his ministry. Each 
soul counted for much, and thus 
those whom he had once known in 
spiritual companionship he did not 
easily forget." 

The Epistle of Romans teaches 
that all men have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God. If we 
would accept the doctrine and in- 
struction from Christ by the Holy 
Spirit in the Epistle of Romans, we 
would belong to Christ through 
death and resurrection. Then there 
would be no condemnation or sep- 
aration, and we would be worthy 
followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. 



REPENTANCE 

(Continued from page 204) 

is not that the unsaved repent but 
the sleeping Christian; the lukewarm 
believer is asked to repent to get 
right with the risen Lord before he 
can have fellowship. 

This message to repent because 
of lukewarmness is the last mes- 
sage the Holy Spirit has for the 
church of our day before the coming 
of our blessed Lord. That is why He 
gives the exhortation "He that hath 
an ear let him hear what the Spirit 
saith to the churches" (Rev. 3:22). 
If you have any spiritual compunc- 
tion at all, if you can hear the small 
voice of the Spirit pleading, then re- 
pent. Go to the secret place with the 
thought of spending some time tell- 
ing God your true condition; spend 
some time abhoring yourself and the 
feeble attempt you have made try- 
ing to be a Christian. Confess your 
lukewarmness, cry aloud to the 
Lord. In view of His soon coming 
ask Him to restore that first love 
you once knew. Preachers and lay- 
men alike need to repent. "Come 
now, and let us reason together, saith 
the Lord: though your sins be as 
scarlet, they shall be white as snow; 
though they be red hke crimson, 
the shall be as wool" (Isa. 1:18). 

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ELIJAH 

. . . Sent of God 




BY DENNIS HOLLIDAY 



In every age God has His man for 
every occasion: Paul a missionary 
to the gentiles; Luther, to bring 
about a reformation; Billy Graham, 
for mid-twentieth century revival; 
and Elijah to stand up for God and 
righteousness in the days of wicked 
Ahab and Jezebel. 

We know little or nothing of the 
boyhood days of Elijah. We do know 
that as a man "Elijah was a man 
subject to like passions as we are." 
We also know that on one occasion 
"he prayed earnestly that it might 
not rain" (James 5:17). Now Baal, 
the god to whom many of the Israel- 
ites had turned, was acknowledged 
as a god of fertility and productiv- 
ity. Perhaps this is why Elijah 
prayed that it might not rain to 
prove that Baal had no power and 
was really no god at all. 

Prediction 

After Elijah had talked with the 
Lord in prayer; then he was ready 
to talk to King Ahab (I Kings 17:1). 
Ahab had been acting as though the 
God of Israel did not even exist. So 
Elijah begins with these pertinent 
words: "The Lord God of Israel 
liveth before whom I stand." That is, 
we are this moment in the very 
presence of the living God. Then 
Elijah makes this striking prediction: 
"There shall not be dew nor rain 
these years but according to my 
word." This will prove that Baal has 
no power, and that Jehovah is the 
true and living God. 



Direction 

Then the word of the Lord came 
to Elijah saying, "Hide thyself" (vv. 
2-3). Elijah's prompt obedience is 
to be commended and imitated. "So 
he went and did according to the 
word of the Lord" (v. 5). Whether 
Elijah is standing before wicked 
Ahab or in hiding by the brook 
Cherith, he is just where the Lord 
wants him to be. How is it with you? 
Are you where God wants you to be? 

John Bunyan was called of God 
to preach the Gospel. He had a wife 
and family whom he loved very 
much. One of his children was blind, 
and he especially loved the blind 
child. The governmental authorities 
told John Bunyan that he must 
stop preaching or go to prison. John 
Bunyan kept on preaching believing 
that it was better to obey God than 
to obey men. The authorities came 
and took him from his family and 
put him in prison. In that place of 
seclusion he wrote that great book 
The Pilgrim's Progress which has 
been such a blessing to multitudes of 
people. So he, as well as Elijah, 
was evidently as much in the will of 
God in seclusion as when speaking 
publicly for the Lord. 

Let us remember that it is just as 
important for us, not only to go 
where the Lord Jesus wants us to go, 
and to say what He wants us to say, 
but also to stay where He wants us 
to stay, until He gives further di- 
rection. 



Pre-eminence 

In giving Elijah further direction, 
God tells Elijah to "get thee to 
Zerephath ... I have commanded 
a widow woman there to sustain 
thee" (v. 9). When Elijah arrived 
in Zerephath he asked the widow 
woman for a little water and a mor- 
sel of bread. The woman's reply was: 
"I have not a cake, but a handful 
of meal in a barrel and a little oil 
in a cruse." Elijah answered: "Make 
me thereof a little cake first, and 
after make for thee and for thy son. 
. . . And she went and did accord- 
ing to the saying of Elijah: and she, 
and he, and her house, did eat many 
days. And the barrel of meal wasted 
not, neither did the cruise of oil 
fail" (I Kings 17:12-16). 

Here is set forth a great prin- 
ciple which is also taught in many 
other places in the Bible. Give God 
first place in everything, and He will 
supply all the necessary things for 
this life. The Lord Jesus said: "Seek 
ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things 
shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6: 
33). Does Christ have the pre-emi- 
nent place in your life? 

D. L. Moody told of a young man 
who was about to leave home. His 
mother gave him this verse of Scrip- 
ture: "Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God." He gave no heed to the Scrip- 
ture. He set out to make a fortune i 
for himself. Success and riches did : 
not come to him. One Sunday this 
young man attended a church serv- 
ice. The preacher spoke on the text: 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God." 
The next Sunday he went to another 
church and the pastor spoke on the i 
same text. This wayward young man i 
was very determined not to give heed 
to the Word of God. Some weeks 
later he went to another church and i 
the pastor spoke on the same text: I 
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God." 
The young man decided he would 
not go to church any more. Some i 
years later he lost his mind and was i 
put in an insane asylum. Though ^ 
he had lost his reason, he had not; 
lost the text. He would say to al- 
most everyone he met: "Seek ye first: 
the kingdom of God." Dear reader, 
may you not only know this text but i 
also give heed to the truth of these 
wonderful words of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Believe on Him, acknowl- 
edge Him as Lord, and in everything 
give Him the pre-eminence. 



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For Your Consideration 



By Russell D. Barnard 



"He is risen" — 

"Risen" — "come" — "see" — "go" — "tell"- — "run" — 
these are great words in the resurrection account in 
the twenty-eighth chapter of Matthew. The primary 
fact is that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, is risen. According 
to the Apostle Paul and all sacred writings, were this 
not true we would be of all men most miserable. This 
gives hope to a dying world, this resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the dead. It is the distinctive message of the 
Christian faith. It makes the Christian faith stand where 
all others fail and fall. Religions of the world may at- 
tempt to simulate the glorious birth of Jesus, His 
amazing miracles. His gracious words, but they do not 
attempt to simulate or imitate His resurrection. Either 
they accept it or reject it as the Bible gives it. Eternal 
life on the part of individuals is on the basis of that ac- 
ceptance or rejection (Rom. 10:9). 

God's angelic instruction — 

Second only to the fact of the resurrection is the in- 
struction the angel gave at the open tomb; "go"^ — "tell." 
Had Christ not risen we would yet be in our sins, but 
also had the angel not told we would yet be in our sins! 
The sequence of "telling" has been tremendous. The 
Apostle Paul heard and believed, and he told those in 
Western Europe. They heard and believed, and carried 
the Gospel across to the New World. Those in this land 
heard and believed and brought the Gospel to the great 
expanse of the Americas. Two men heard and believed 
and brought the Gospel to my home one day. I bs- 
lieved — and now the great question is: have I to the 
best of my ability passed the Gospel on to others? Hav; 
you? 

// we fail — 

Any break in the sequence can only mean more souls 
going into Christless graves. "Yet in your sins" would 
be the terrible plight should Christ not have risen, but 
"yet in their sins" is the plight of the millions who can- 
not hear and cannot believe until we tell them. The 
responsibility is so great; I shudder! Had the angel failed, 
or the Apostle Paul failed, or the western Europeans 
failed, or the early settlers in the New World failed, 
or the two men failed, or if you or I fail — "yet in their 
sins" is the inescapable plight of many of those lost 
miUions. 

We can all help — 

Some can "go." We trust God will call out many 
from among us to go to the fields of the world. We will 
need many foreign missionary candidates during the 
future years. We'll need some of them this year and next. 
All can "give." Yes; we believe all who have any source 
of income can give toward the sending out of the serv- 



ants of the Lord. Today it is taking almost 230 of us 
to support one missionary. We yearn for the day when 
we can average one missionary to every 100 of our 
church membership. We can all "pray." If you can only 
do one thing for foreign missions, then let that one 
thing be earnest prayer. Very rapidly I can see foreign 
missions becoming a passion with our Brethren people — 
possibly I should say with many of our Brethren people 
— for at the present time three-thirds of the support is 
being given by about one-third of our people. Let's 
use this resurrection season to tell a lost world that 
Christ is risen and He lives! 

The missionary rallies — 

Our missionary speakers in the rallies have been very 
graciously received. I believe I see a more enthusiastic 
response than I have seen in any former year. We want 
to thank all those who have helped or will yet be help- 
ing during the remaining two months of the rally sea- 
son. Do all you can to give the speaker a good hearing 
at every rally service. "I'm just really not interested 
in foreign missions, and I don't care to hear any mis- 
sionaries," was the statement I heard recently. I haven't 
heard it before for many years. I trust it isn't the feeling 
of very many of our Brethren people. 

Hundreds of Missionary Helpers — 

The hundreds of boys and girls who have sent us their 
applications to be members of the Missionary Helpers 
Club are interested in foreign missions. We want to 
acknowledge the receipt of these applications, and will 
send out the membership cards very soon. The response 
is above all that we anticipated. We do thank all of you 
boys and girls, also you parents and teachers. 

Our two sound films — 

By the time you read this we should have oiu: second 
sound film delivered to us. It will be entitled "Beyond 
the Border," and, of course, deals with Mexico. It is 
a 16mm film in beautiful color. We present it along 
with "Dark River," the film concerning Amazonia 
in Brazil. Both will be circulated by our Brethren For- 
eign Mission Office, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 
These films were produced by Grace Films, Inc., 1572 
Grandview Ave., Glendale, Calif. They are available 
on an offering basis. One-half of the offering will go 
to the foreign-mission interest being presented, and the 
other half to Grace Films until the cost of production 
has been repaid. Then the second half will apply toward 
making our next film. We hope very soon to have a 
1 6mm color sound film for each of our six mission fields. 
We will greatly appreciate your using the films, and 
your being as liberal as possible in your offering for 
their use. We want to be able to produce other films 
very shortly. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20. NUMBER 14 

AKNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM. Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weekly by 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $3. 50 a year; 100-percent churches. $2.50; 75-percent churches. 
$2.75; 50-percent churches, $3.00; foreign. $4.00. Board of Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president; William 
Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive committee; 
William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller. Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. 



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Bible Institute A-B-C's 



This is the story of how three 
Bible Institutes have worked and are 
working together for the cause of 
Christ. These schools are located in 
America (United States), Brazil and 
Canada; hence, the title of the story, 
"Bible Institute A-B-C's." 

The first school is in America, in 
the sprawling city of Los Angeles, 
where at Biola four young people 
received their primary training in 
what the Bible teaches and how to 
use this knowledge to win others for 
Christ. A number of years ago Keith 
and Vivian Altig were graduated 
from this great school in southern 
California. Later Bill and Imogene 
Burk were students in this same 
school. After a few years of other 
ministry and further training all four 
answered God's call to labor in Bra- 
zil in association with The Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church. The Lord blessed the 
preaching of the Word as it went 
forth regularly in church services, 
Sunday-school classes, street meet- 
ings and in many other ways. Souls 
were saved, among them four young 
men who became filled with the de- 
sire to know more of the Word and 
to be able to witness to others in a 
way that would count for Christ. 

The "C" of our title stands for 
Canada, where on the wind-swept 
plains of Alberta in the city of Three 
Hills is located the Prairie Bible In- 
stitute. Several years ago a young 
man by the name of Theodore Las- 
kowski, feeling the call of God to 
prepare for a definite Christian min- 
istry, entered this school and, after 
completing his studies and being ac- 
cepted by the Unevangelized Fields 
Mission as a missionary, answered 

April 5, 795« 




By Mrs. J. Keith Altig 



the call for service in Brazil. In this 
Canadian school he had been 
grounded in the Word and the deep- 
er spiritual life, and had received 
a vision of service and dedication to 
the things of the Lord. The girl who 
later was to become his wife and co- 
worker in the field was also a stu- 
dent at Prairie. After a time of other 
service, Ted became the director of 
the newly-established Bible institute, 
including in his duties the teaching 
of many of the courses. 

Located directly on the banks of 
one of the larg; rivers of the Ama- 
zon River system is the city of 
Abaetetuba, Para, Brazil. It is sur- 
rounded by the tropical rain forest of 
the Amazon basin, and not too far 
away are savage Indians who would 
gladly kill every person in the city 
if they had the opportunity. Here is 
located the Instituto Biblico Evan- 
gelico, or Evangelical Bible Institute 
of Abaetetuba. Young men and 
women, many of whom have had 
very little training or background in 
Bible knowledge, are here instructed 
in essential Bible doctrines, methods 
of ministry and the practices of 
Christian living. In this way they be- 



come effective witnesses to their 
own people and thus become the 
leaders and nucleus of the work of 
the Gospel in their own homeland. 
The four young men mentioned 
earlier were students in the Bible 
Institute in Abaetetuba, Brazil, this 
past year. One found it impossible to 
complete the year as it became nec- 
essary for him to work and help 
support his family. He is a fisher- 
man and spends days and nights at 
a time in his little fishing boat, 
tossing about on the waves of the 
bay of Marajo, waiting for the fish 
to bite. 

One of the other young men fin- 
ished the course last year, becoming 
the first graduate of the school. He 
is an excellent singer and a fine 
preacher of the Word, and with the 
knowledge of the Bible and how to 
preach the Gospel which he gained 
during his course, he is developing 
into an effective Christian worker. 

Having completed one year of the 
three-year course offered by the in- 
stitute, the other two young fellows 
are showing real promise. They come 
from desperately poor homes where 
it is a rare day that they have enough 
to eat, but their desire is to continue 
studying the Word and to do what 
they can to bring the light of the 
Gospel to those who are in such 
gross darkness and idolatry around 
them. 

This is how three Bible institutes 
are working together for the glory of 
Christ and the salvation of the lost. 
One in America, one in Brazil, one 
in Canada. It is indeed true that God 
moves powerfully and mysteriously 
to work all things after the counsel 
of His own will. 

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Clyde K. Landrum, Director 



AN EASTER CROSSWORD STORY 

Read the Resurrection Story in 
the Gospels — Matthew 28, Mark 16, 
Luke 24, and John 20 — and you will 
be ready to fill in the words in this 
puzzle. 

The women went to the (5 across) 
early in the morning and found the 
(5 down) was rolled away. They saw 
an (3) who said: "He is not (9): for 
he is (8), as he said. Come, (4) the 
(6) where the Lord lay. And go 
quickly, and (7) . . ." They remem- 
bered how Jesus had said He would 
be delivered into the hands of (1) 
men, and be (2). And they departed 
from the tomb with fear and great 
joy. 



MISSIONS PRAYER 

Once again, dear Lord, we pray 
For the children far away 
Who have never even heard 
Name of Jesus, sweetest word. 

Little lips that Thou hast made, 
•Neath the fall-off temples' shade 
Give to gods of wood and stone 
Praise that should be all Thine own. 

Little hands, whose wondrous skill 
Thou hast given to do Thy will. 
Offerings bring, and serve with fear 
Gods than cannot see or hear. 

Teach them, O Thou Heavenly King, 
All their gifts and praise to bring 
To Thy Son, who died to prove 
Thy forgiving, saving love. 

— Mary Jane Willcox 



Missionary Helpers — pray and pray 
For our Junior Missionaries — day by day! 

Suzan Goodman— Apr. 1, will be 6 years old— in Africa. 
John Zielasko— Apr. 10, will be 10 years old— m Brazil. 
Paula Bishop— Apr. 15, will be 3 years old— in Argentma. 
Leilani Tresise— Apr. 15, will be 2 years old— in Hawan. 
Lester Kennedy, Jr.— Apr. 18, will be 3 years old— m Africa. 
David Goodman — Apr. 21, will be 11 years old— in Africa. 
Peter Marshall— Apr. 23, will 5 years old— in Argentina. 
Robert Dowdy— Apr. 26, will be 10 years old— in Argentina. 



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HEY, KIDS— WANT TO BE A 
BANKER? 

A banker is a person who handles 
money. He saves it for other peo- 
ple until they need it or want to use 
it. The bank is a safe place to keep 
it. 

Every Missionary Helper can be 
a banker — a Hut Banker, that is! 
Well, each MH can be a Hut-Banker 
if he will save money for the Lord in 
a hut bank. So, if you want to be a 
banker — a Hut-Banker, that is — get 
a hut bank and start saving money 
to send missionaries to foreign lands. 
And, if you can get Mom and Dad 
to help you to "fill it up" with $5 or 
more, I'd say you will be a Super 
Hut-Banker! I hope every MH will 
be a missionary Hut-Banker! And I 
hope lots and lots of us will be 
Super Hut-Bankers. May the Lord 
bless you, kids. 

HERE'S AN IDEA! 

What would you think of our 
Missionary Helpers making a scrap- 
book? That ought to be fun — a Mis- 
sionary Helpers scrapbook!! In this 
scrapbook you could put your letters 
and copies of the Children's Page. 
And you could put in pictures of the 
missionaries. Did you receive a 
souvenir lately? You did if you are a 
member of the Missionary Helper's . 
Club. Well, you could put this and I 
other souvenirs in that scrapbook. 
In your next letter you'll receive a i 
picture of one of the missionaries. 
So, you'll have one to start out the 
scrapbook. I'll be interested to know ■ 
how you make out with the scrap- 
book idea. 



MARY MISSIONARY— 



you KNOW, HARB.y^ 
EASTER ReMlHDS 
ME OF CHRISTMAS^ 



-'cause EASTER ISjJ YES, 
THE TIME WE /^IS DEATH 
REMEMBER ^ 
CHRIST'S DEATH 



FOR. LOST 
PEOPLE 
EVERY- 
WHERE 



THEN WHEN 
I'M THINKING 
OF HIS DEATH 
ALSO THINK 
OF HIS BIRTH 
ON THE FIRST/ 
CHRISTMAS 



loy^ VES/ HOW WON- 

de'rful'to have 
\both easter 

-r AND 

^CHRISTMAS 
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AND HOW WONDERFUL 
THAT PEOPLE IN ALL 
THE WORLD CAN BE 
SAVED 




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Forward March for School 



By Miss Ruth Kent 



Ever since the regular Missionary 
Children's School was started in 
1947 we have been looking forward 
to having a place which we could 
call our own. We first marched to 
orders given by the Lord and used 
that which was available, and W3 
want to continue to march to the 
Lord's orders. 

This last year has seen bigger 
steps made than in any one year 
before. When the school started this 
year we used a room which was 
made for the Bible school to use. 
The Bible school just crowded up 
until the time that we could leave. 
In July we began to wonder what 
we would do in August when school 
was to begin with the largest enroll- 
ment that we have ever had. The 
bricks were being laid on the cement 
foundation, but there was no alumi- 
num roofing to put on. The supply 
was proportioned out to the other 
stations where building was going 
on, and the only thing that we could 
finally get in Bangui was very light 
weight. After there was hope of 
more coming from the States the 
other stations gave what they could 
spare. Part of the roof was covered, 
so they began to plaster the walls. 
It seemed a bit backwards, but we 
had to go forward. We had to hurry 
— if that can be said in Africa. 

Just one week before school was 
to begin we were painting the walls 
and windows — rather, the louvers 
— and thinking of what to do to 
hurry things along. If you could see 
how slowly the natives can work, 
you would not blame me when I say 
I went out there with my brush and 
helped. My presence did as much as 
my brush, even though it was hard to 
keep them working. At times I 
thought I had everyone working, but 
when I would turn my head, one was 
gone. It was not always the same 
one, either, but they did get thirsty 
too often. I was not wanting them 
to stick their noses in the books 
but in the paint pail! 

4p"7 5, 7958 



After the painting was done we 
had to scrape the floor with shovels 
and hoes to get the dirt loose and 
to do some scrubbing. My helpers 
liked to sweep the water around, 
but it was another thing to put some 
pressure on the broom. After I had 
taught them how to use the long- 
handled broom, I was wondering 
how to teach them to save it. I was 
afraid I would not have any broom 
left and there was not another one 
to buy at the post. It ended up with 
my getting the blisters and scrub- 
bing the floor. They could carry the 
water! 

The books were moved and the 
desks washed the day before school 
was to start. It was time enough, but 
we had to use whatever could be 
found in order to have enough 
desks. For several weeks we didn't 
have a sufficient number of desks 
— until some were made like the 
desks used in the native classes. But 
we will continue to use odds and 
ends for desks, and folding chairs 
for seats, until we make another 
step forward. 




Interior ol new school building showing Miss 
Kent and students. Vema Dunning, fore- 
ground. 



Really, we are so happy in the 
new school building that we don't 
feel like finding anything wrong with 
it. The bright green walls and yellow 
louvers at the windows make it very 
cheerful and bright. We do thank all 
of you for it. We know we would not 



have our school if you were not 
interested in us. The school con- 
sists of one room about 15 by 20 
fiet, a small entrance room, a toilet 
and a small storeroom. There are 
five windows on one side and four 
windows and a door on the opposite 
side. We have a nice blackboard 
across one end, made by cementing 
the wall and painting it. It works 
very well. We have one of the 
blackboards hanging at the back 
which we have used the last ten 
years. We must keep a relic! 

We have held the school iiT the 
new building since August 13, and 
since that time it has stood the 
test of the very strong windstorm at 
the Bible Institute. There were no 
big trees which fell on our building. 
The only thing that the wind did was 
to loosen the ridgerow a bit, and a 
few nails fixed that in a little while. 
There were trees lying all around the 
school but none of them hit it; they 
fell the other way. The Lord knew 
we needed our school, and He kept 
it safe for us. So many things which 
could have happened during that 
storm, but didn't happen, have 
shown us that He was with us. On 
my way to school the next morning 
i counted 32 trees lying on the 
ground. There were many more than 
that around the station. 

One more forward step made this 
year is in the number of children in 
the school. Since 1947 that num- 
ber has grown from 3 to 17 — it al- 
most overwhelms us when we think 
of it! The increased number of chil- 
dren in the school is an indication 
of the increased number of mission- 
aries on the field. How we praise 
the Lord for this increase in our 
forces! Let us look to Him to help 
us do His work as we have in the 
past, and then we can continue to 
grow. It will take prayer, workers, 
money and yielded lives to do what- 
ever He wants you to do. 

There is nothing better than to 
march forward with the Lord! 

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Manuel of the Saints 



By John W. Zielasko 



It is only a little village. I guess 
the population would fall short of 
200 even counting dogs and pigs. 
There seemed to be no particular 
reason why we should preach the 
Gospel there. After all, there are 
much larger places that need to bs 
reached before we get around to the 
communities so small that they do 
not even merit recognition on the 
state statistical list. Indeed, we had 
no intention of stopping there on 
that hot Thursday afternoon as we 
drove over a cowpath which was 
supposed to lead to a village of some 
three thousand souls. We had been 
invited to hold a meeting in a store 
of the town, and the businessman 
assured us that many were eagerly 
waiting to hear the Gospel. But alas, 
the road (did I say road?) proved to 
be only for horses, high-bodied 
trucks, and, better yet, bulldozers 
with blade down. 

It was necessary to turn around 
while there was still opportunity to 
do so, and head for home. Of course, 
we were disappointed, but why 
should the day be wasted — there was 
still time to hold a meeting and 



Manuel of the Saints was close. 

Our reception was less than en- 
thusiastic; yet sixty people were in- 
terested enough to attend. Before 
the evening was over some were 
even singing the choruses with en- 
thusiasm, and we were invited to 
return soon. Thus it was that once 
a month we returned to find the 
village schoolteacher and the head 
businessman of the town vying for 
the privilege of holding the meet- 
ings in their homes. 

After a number of meetings in the 
place some were on the verge of 
deciding for Christ. The school- 
teacher said that both she and her 
husband wanted to accept Jesus as 
Lord and Saviour — but not now — 
next time for sure. Four young peo- 
ple made decisions but left the vil- 
lage a few days later for different 
parts of the state. Now we know 
why. Life was made difficult for any 
who dared profess faith in Christ. 
The Gospel was being too successful, 
and the Devil struck. 

The cord on our portable genera- 
tor was cut at a recent meeting. 
However, the villain was shocked 




Group meeting at Manuel of the Saints 



several times as he attempted to cut 
through the cord, and it wasn't until 
the very end of the message that the 
Lord allowed him to succeed. We 
passed it off as the work of prank- 
sters. But, from then on the school- 
teacher didn't seem as friendly as 
before. Others apparently wanted to 
attend the meetings, but they didn't 
want to appear too friendly. An 
undercurrent of fear seemed to make 
its presence felt, but we thought it 
was a form of bashfulness. 

On Friday, January 3, we started 
out again for Manuel of the Saints. 
Our hopes were high. We felt sure 
that this time there would be vic- 
tories for the Lord. Surely this was 
the day that some of the important 
people of the village would take a 
stand for Christ. They had shown 
interest; some had purchased Bibles 
and were reading them. Why 
shouldn't we expect fruit? 

The Altigs were making the trip 
with us this time, and Keith was to 
bring the message. The meeting was 
to be held in the home of the man 
who seemed to be the most influ- 
ential in the village. It was, therefore, 
rather disappointing to see so few 
coming in to the meeting. The owner 
himself stayed outside looking in 
the window. 

Midway through the service the 
noise and commotion outside be- 
gan to grow louder. The owner of 
the house added to the confusion. 
Then he suddenly left his place by 
the window, entered the house as 
noisily as possible, and went into the 
kitchen. He was followed by his 
son who reached up into the rafters 
of the house and took something 
down. Then both left again. There 
were loud voices raised above the 
roar of the generator, and the owner 
of the house suddenly took his place 
at the window again. The commo- 
tion seemed to subside. 

After the meeting was over, the 
man called me into his kitchen and 
explained what had happened. He 
and his son had come in to get their 
knives. Another man in the village 
had been working up opposition to 
our meetings and he was ready to 
use his knife on us if that would stop 
the preaching of the Gospel. Our 
host assured me that although he did 
not belong to our rehgion, yet he 



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had invited us to his home and now 
offered Us the protection of his 
home. He told us that it was his fiery 
determination, his force of will, and 
his knife in his belt that had stopped 
bloodshed that night. 

Personally, I am inclined to un- 
derrate the threats of a bully, but 
this man may be a religious bigot 
with the encouragement of a holy 
man (did I say "holy" man?) behind 
him. At any rate, we are going back 
again soon. We will be going armed. 
Our weapons will not be a httle dag- 
ger hidden under the belt, but the 
Sword of the Lord, the Word of God. 

Will you pray that our thrusts 
with this Sword will find their mark 
and conquer for the Lord? 



Missionary Mailbag 

There are two native teachers 
under me (in the school) with about 
fifty pupils each. Then I have the 
advanced class of 16 adolescent 
boys. We have some very interesting 
times. When one attempts to ex- 
plain the earth's rotation and like 
mysteries, one strikes entirely new 
ground. The sky, to them, was a 
solid surface, and naturally they 
wondered where heaven was. When 
they first heard that the earth was 
round some years ago, they were too 
ignorant to ask questions, but now 
they are waking up. I shall be glad 
to turn this advanced class over to 
Charles Taber next year, I am sure. 
Not having any Encyclopedia of 
World Knowledge to fall back on, 
they might catch up to me sometime! 
We are having good times so far, 
however. They eat up the Bible les- 
sons just as eagerly, and that makes 
it a joy to teach them. But hke all 
boys of early teen-age they need 
our prayers that they may be stabil- 
ized, and fully dedicated to the 
Lord's service. There are tremen- 
dous possibihties locked up in these 
lives. But there are so many tempta- 
tions for them to face, not only 
morally, but spirituaOy. There are 
so many opportunities for them to 
find employment outside of the 
Lord's will. Only He can keep them 
'or His service and use them to His 
jlory. — Mary Emmert, Bassai, 
Africa. 

^pril 5, 1958 




God Leads in Hawaii 



A few weeks after taking up our 
residence in Kailua we began a chil- 
dren's Bible class in our home. Many 
of the neighbor boys and girls came 
in to hear the Word of God. The 
majority of those who attend the 
classes are Japanese, some Chinese, 
Hawaiian and Caucasian. This 
makes the larger part in attendance 
of Oriental ancestry with a Buddhist 
background, never having heard the 
story of Jesus and His love. After 
the class sessions, the boys and girls 
remain to ask questions such as 
"Who made the world?" or "Who 
made God?" 

One day after the boys and girls 
had started home, about six of the 
boys came back and brought an- 
other boy who had not attended the 
class. The question this boy wanted 
to ask was, "Is Jesus God?" We 
were happy to point this child to the 
Word of God. At the close of an- 
other class session one little girl 
said her mother told her that God 
was a loving Heavenly Father and 
would not send anyone to hell. It 
was explained that God sends no 
one to that condemnation, but man 
chooses that destiny for himself 
when he rejects Christ as the only 
Saviour (John 3:18). 

Some have gone back into their 
homes and have asked the parents 
questions about the Bible. One day 
Marshall, who had been attending 
the class regularly, asked his mother 
if everyone went to heaven. His 
mother said, "Yes, Marshall." So, 
a week later, when he came home 
from Bible class, he told his mother 
that only those who believe in the 
Lord Jesus and receive Him as Sav- 
iour will go to heaven. The mother 
said she was so happy her son had 
learned the truth and then had come 



By Mrs. Foster Tresise 



home to bring her the truth. 

After we had been holding the 
classes for several weeks, at the 
close of one of the sessions one of 
the Japanese mothers came to the 
door to say how happy she was that 
her sons could attend the Bible class. 
Then, with hesitancy, she asked if 
she could attend. We replied that the 
parents were welcome to attend, as 
well as the children. But we felt 
that the Lord had brought this dear 
one to our door that day that we 
might give her the Word of God, so 
we invited her into our home. We 
first imparted to her the knowledge 
that according to God's Word all 
have sinned (Rom. 3:23; Isa. 1:18; 
John 3:16). Realizing she was a 
sinner, she accepted Christ as her 
Saviour, and before she left she was 
wondering if she might ask her 
sister-in-law to come over that she 
might hear the Word also. The fol- 
lowing evening the two ladies came, 
and the sister-in-law also accepted 
the Lord when the plan of salvation 
was presented to her. 

Since these four have accepted the 
Lord, the grandmother in the same 
family has become interested in 
spiritual matters. All her life she 
has known no other rehgion but 
Buddhism. One day after the grand- 
sons left home to attend the Bible 
class, the grandmother asked where 
they had gone. The mother informed 
her that they had gone to the Bible 
class. Then she wondered if she 
might attend the class also to learn 
about God. 

We praise the Lord for leading us 
to a needy land and to a needy peo- 
ple. We are reminded many times of 
the verse in Zechariah 4:6: ". . . 
not by might, nor by power, but by 
my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." 

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Per Capita Giving of the Churches to 
Foreign Missions for the Year 195 7 



10. 

11. 

12. 
13. 
14. 
15. 
16. 
17. 
18. 
19. 
20. 
21. 
22. 
23. 
24. 
25. 
26. 
27 
28. 
29. 
30. 
31. 
32. 
33. 
34. 
36. 
36. 
37. 
38. 
39. 
40. 
41. 
42. 

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Anaheim, Calif $72.13 43. 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 46.38 44. 

Beaumont, Calif 42.71 45. 

Warsaw, Ind 42.41 46. 

Norwalk, Calif 40.30 47. 

South Bend, Ind 34.53 48. 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 33.53 49. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 30.15 50. 

Seattle, Wash 28.20 51. 

Winona Lake, Ind 28.16 52. 

North English, Iowa 28.05 53. 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 24.52 54. 

Whittier, Ca\H. (Community) 23.25 55. 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) 20.29 56. 

Wooster, Ohio 20.11 57. 

Garwin, Iowa 19.86 58. 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 19.74 58. 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 19.19 60. 

Danville, Ohio 19.18 61. 

South Gate, Calif 19.16 62. 

Waterloo, Iowa 18.59 63. 

South Pasadena, Colif 18.35 64. 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 17.93 65. 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 17.74 66. 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 17.64 67. 

Allentown, Pa 17.54 68. 

Goshen, Ind 17.24 69. 

Palmyra, Pa 16.99 70. 

Berne, Ind 16.96 71. 

Temple City, Calif 16.95 72. 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 16.80 73. 

Inglewood, Calif 16.80 74. 

Monte Vista, Calif 16.64 75. 

Harrisburg, Pa 16.43 76. 

Cheyenne, Wyo 16.30 77. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 16.18 78. 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 16.01 79. 

Glendale, Calif 15.92 80. 

Bellflower, Calif 15.40 81. 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 15.23 82. 

Martinsburg, Pa 15.21 83. 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 15.19 84. 



Everett, Pa 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 

La Verne, Calif 

Osceola, Ind 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) 

Sunnyside, Wash 

Wheaton, III 

Lake Odessa, Mich 

Elyria, Ohio 

Modesto, Calif. (McHenry Avenue) 

Clayton, Ohio 

Paramount, Calif 

Akron, Ohio 

Conemaugh, Pa 

Yakima, Wash 

Lansing, Mich 

Hopewell, Pa 

Troy, Ohio 

Elkhart, Ind 

Flora, Ind 

Rittman, Ohio 

Grandview, Wash 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Martinsburg, W. Va 

Portis, Kans 

San Jose, Calif 

Ashland, Ohio 

Sterling, Ohio 

Albany, Oreg 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

Sidney, Ind 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 

Winchester, Vci 

Clay City, Ind 

York, Po 

Ankenytown, Ohio 

Leamersville, Pa 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



What Will Our Per Capita Giving 
For 1958 Be? 



Dallas Center, Iowa 885 127. 

Canton, Ohio 8.81 128. 

Englewood, Ohio 8.72 129. 

Tracy, Calif 8.51 130. 

Phoenix, Ariz 8.47 131. 

Dryhill, Ky 8.33 132. 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 7.90 133. 

Waynesboro, Pa 7.86 134. 

Aleppo, Pa 7.46 135. 

Listie, Pa 7.45 136. 

Alto, Mich 7.38 137. 

Uniontown, Pa 7.35 138. 

Chico, Calif 7.29 139. 

Peru, Ind 7.28 140. 

Bell, Calif 7.22 141. 

Jenners, Pa 7.21 142. 

Harrah, Wash 7.21 143. 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 7.19 144. 

Washington, D. C 7.05 145. 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 6.98 146. 

San Bernardino, Calif 6.84 147. 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) 6.69 148. 

Hollins, Va 6.51 149. 

Compton, Calif. : 6.39 150. 

Cleveland, Ohio 6.32 151. 

New Troy, Mich 6.28 152. 

Homerville, Ohio 6.15 153. 

Meyersdale, Pa 6.10 154. 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 6.09 155. 

Fillmore, Calif 605 156. 

Altoona, Pa. (First) 6.03 157. 

Middlebranch, Ohio 5.99 158. 

Spokane, Wash 5.86 159. 

Ozark, Mich 5.67 160. 

West Alexandria, Ohio 5.58 

Denver, Colo 5.49 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 5.07 

Winona, Minn 5.03 

Rialto, Calif 5.00 

Findlay, Ohio 4.90 

Buena Vista, Va. 4.85 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 4.74 

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Leesburg, Ind 4.74 

Limestone, Tenn 4.54 

Johnson City, Tenn 4.49 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 4.17 

Dayton, Ohio (Grace) 4.05 

Alexandria, Va 3.87 

Accident, Md 3.75 

Parkersburg, W. Va 3.57 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 3.23 

Washington, Pa 3.13 

Riner, Va 2.96 

West Covina, Calif 2.84 

San Diego, Calif 2.76 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 2.70 

Berrien Springs, Mich 2.61 

Beaver City, Nebr 2.50 

Artesia, Calif 2.38 

Covington, Va 2.38 

Virginia Beach, Va 2.25 

Leon, Iowa 2.24 

Clayhole, Ky 2.22 

Grafton, W. Va 2.08 

Albuquerque, N. Mex 1.88 

Camden, Ohio 1.79 

Radford, Va 1.63 

Sharpsville, Ind 1.54 

Taos, N. Mex I.53 

Seven Fountains, Va 1.52 

Covington, Ohio 1.46 

Arroyo Hondo, N. Mex 1.45 

Ranches de Taos, N. Mex 1.12 

Sinking Springs, Ohio .90 

Chambersburg, Pa. (Pond Bank) .76 

Seal Beach, Calif .69 



THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY 

SOCIETY OF 
THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



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NetO0j)aje 



LA VERNE. CALIF. Th^ First 
Brethren Church has elected a re- 
location committee which has under 
consideration the advisability of re- 
locating the church. Dr. Elias White 
is pastor. 

PARAMOUNT, CALIF. The 
Paramount Brethren Church, John 
Mayes, pastor, and the First Breth- 
ren Church, of Phoenix, Ariz., 
Charles Ashman, Jr., pastor, are 
engaged in a Sunday-school-attend- 
ance contest for the next three 
months. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. The 
student body of the Brethren High 
School has raised $725 of their 
$1200 goal set by the students for 
this year to be applied toward the 
erection of the school for the chil- 
dren of missionaries in Africa. The 
Brethren High School is an affiliate 
of the First Brethren Church, of 
Long Beach, Dr. C. W. Mayes, 
pastor. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. The new 
pews have been installed and the 
carpet laid in the First Brethren 
Church. Mark Malles is pastor. 




FLORA, IND. John Evans, pas- 
tor of the Grace Brethren Church 
here, was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on Mar. 16. Assisting in the 
service were Rev. Donald Bartlett, 
Dr. Homer Kent, Sr., with Dr. Her- 
man A. Hoyt delivering the ordina- 
tion sermon. 

DES MOINES, IOWA. The Na- 
tional Sunday School Convention 
of the NSSA will be held here Oct. 
6-10, according to Clate Risley, 
executive secretary. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA. 
The Wheaton Academy Band gave 
a sacred concert at the First Breth- 

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ren Church on Mar. 17. The band 
is under the direction of Mr. John 
Hamm, an active laymen in the 
Grace Brethren Church, of Whea- 
ton, 111. 

KANSAS CITY, KANS. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church, of Dallas Center, Iowa, 
was guest speaker at the Kansas City 
Youth for Christ on Mar. 1. Over 
1250 persons were present for the 
rally. There were 20 decisions for 
Christ. 

SOUTH BEND, IND. Gene 
Witzky, pastor of the Ireland Road 
Brethren Church, reports the attend- 
ance on the increase in all services. 
Five were baptized on Mar. 16. This 
was the first baptismal service in the 
new building. 

LANSING, MICH. Richard De- 
Armey, pastor of the Winona Lake 
Brethren Church, will be the guest 
speaker at the Michigan District 
Conference to be held here at the 
Grace Brethren Church June 19- 
22. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Robert 
Kliewer has resigned as assistant 
pastor of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church. 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. Dr. 
Louis Talbot will be the guest speak- 
er at the California District Con- 
ference May 20-24 at the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church. Dr. 
George Peek will be host pastor. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. The 
World Missions Fellowship of 
Grace College will sponsor the an- 
nual missions conference to be con- 
ducted Apr. 8-11. Dr. Floyd Taber 
will be the main speaker. The theme 
of the conference is: '"How Shall 
They Hear?" 



y^ERALD 



The BRETHREN 



^HlSSiQNAFW, 



Executive Editor Arnold R. Kriegbaunc 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

DEPARTMENTAL EDITORS 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnart 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
WMC Mrs. Dayton C. Cundifl 

Beaver City. Nebr. 
Home Missions Luther L. Grubt 

Winona Lake. Ind. 
Grace Seminary Paul R. Baumar 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



WINONA LAKE, IND. Over 

4000 delegates, most of them teen-i 
agers, are expected to attend the! 
14th annual Youth for Christ Inter-' 
national Convention to be held here 
June 29 to July 13. Featured speak-i 
ers will include Dr. Bob Pierce, Rev. 
Roy Gustafson, Dr. Robert Cook,' 
and Dr. Clyde Narramore. 

SEATTLE. WASH. Thomas 
Hammers, pastor of the View Ridge 
Brethren Church, was taken ill on 
Mar. 18, and taken to a hospital here 
for observation where there was 
found internal bleeding. He was 
given several blood transfusions 
and returned home Mar. 21. Further 
tests and examinations in consulta-J 
tion with other doctors is being' 
made. Prayer is requested. ' 

PASADENA, CALIF. The Old 
Fashioned Revival Hour quartet has 
joined the Merv Rosell Radiocast, 
staff. When America's beloved radidj 
pastor. Dr. Charles Fuller, reduced'| 
his hour-long broadcast to 30 mini 
utes each Sunday, the popular quar-s 
tet, heard by 20 million people eachi 
week, was released for other service. 
Merv Rosell delivered the message 
at the Easter sunrise service at the 
Rose Bowl. 



PRAY FOR THESE MEETINGS 

Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received for publication at 
least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker ; 

Mansfield, Ohio Apr. 13-20 B. N. Schneider Torrey Johnson, j 

Norwalk, Calif. Apr. 13-20 Henry Rempel Harry Von Bruchi 

Johnstown, Pa. Apr. 14-27 Russell Weber . Herman Hein. j 

Limestone, Tenn. Apr. 20-27 Clarence Lackey Lester Pifer. | 

Philadelphia, Pa. j 

(Third) Apr. 20-30 Robert Crees . . . Mark Malles. 

Osceola, Ind. . . Apr. 20-May 4 Scott Weaver Joe Day. 

York, Pa Apr. 21-27 . . . Herman Koontz James Dixon. ' 

Peru, Ind Apr. 24-27 . George Johnson John Whitcomb. t' 

Altoona, Pa. Apr. 27-May 11 Ward Tressler . . Crusade Team. .1 

Dryhill, Ky July 8-20 Evelyn Fuqua . . Lon Karns. ! 

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THE EASTER PARADE 



BY NAOMI SIPE 
BERNE, INDIANA 



The morning may be crisp and 
ool with the sidewalks glistening as 
le sunrays are reflected by the 
ost. Or the morning may be warm 
ith a brilliance of beauty as the 
inshine fills the world. No matter 
hat the weather is, there will be 
crowd of people lining Fifth Ave- 
ue in New York City to watch an 
inual event. 

Many people will come from the 
Duntryside, some from the so-called 
nement section, and others from 
le suburban area. It is a time of 
stivity and merrymaking. The 
lyly colored costumes and floats 
ay well represent the meaning of 
aster to many people. The Easter 
irade of 1957, would well have 
ive been called the Parade of Mil- 
3ns — not only from the number of 
lectators but also from the cost. 
The latest styles in wearing ap- 
irel and accessories are exhibited 
'1 this day. The fashionable aristo- 
lat will stand poised in his luxurious 
: it as he watches the parade, while 
e day laborer will stand proudly in 
is newly purchased suit which will 
] rhaps overburden the weekly 
Ijdget. Neither seem to realize that 
le other one is there; they both are 
i zing intently upon the parade. 
The parade led by the various 
iJtrumental bands moves hastily, 
le enthusiastic music has an emo- 
linal appeal. The worries, the bur- 
ins, the sorrows, and the fears all 
•Jm to be forgotten. There are 
■liles upon the faces of many; but 
ian this seeming peace is once 

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again overshadowed by the weari- 
ness of life. 

In contrast to this parade on 
Times Square, I cannot help but 
think of a procession on Red Square 
in Moscow, Russia. Mrs. Thea B. 
Van Halsema recently wrote in The 
Banner that for twenty years a slow 
procession has gone to Red Square. 
This procession made up of all types 
of people is four people wide and a 
mile and a half long. All day long for 
six days a week this procession 
passes two glass-covered coffins in 
a large tomb. 

There is no music, no laughter, 
no pleasure, and no celebration here. 
Each individual views two national 
leaders — Lenin and Stalin. The peo- 
ple of Russia pay homage to their 
dead heroes. The people are devoted 
to the writings and teachings and 
policies of their dead leaders. One 
has only to listen to the newscasters 
or to read the newspapers and cur- 
rent magazines to realize the re- 
sult of the devotion of the Russians 
to their way of life. A life which is 
hard, cruel, bitter, and filled with 
anxieties is still moving to all parts 
of the world. 

Americans are worldly-minded, 
ungodly, carnal church members. 
We are materialists! We, who live >n 
a nation which has given to each of 
its citizens a freedom of worship, 
are not taking advantage of our 
privilege. We are more interested 
in the all-important dollar to pro- 
vide ourselves and our families with 
the most fashionable items, then we 



are in the outreach of the church. 
We want success, prestige, and 
recognition for what we have. 

We have a God who is living. 
Our Great High Priest is One who 
came to earth and shed His precious 
blood for the remission of sin. Jesus 
Christ is no longer lying lifeless in 
a tomb. He is risen! He now has the 
power to give life eternal to those 
who believe and place their faith in 
Him. 

God speaks to us in Colossians 
3:1-2, where we read: "If ye then 
be risen with Christ, seek those 
things which are above, where Christ 
sitteth on the right hand of God. Set 
your affection on things above, not 
on things on the earth." People go to 
any length to promote a cause dear 
to their hearts. This is true of the 
communistic advances in the world. 
The life of the Christian is an in- 
comparable life. The Christian life 
is that which goes deep within the 
individual to give a peace and con- 
tentment before unknown. When we 
possess such a life, why is it that 
we are not making decisive advances 
in the world for our God? 

Do we have a courageous and un- 
shrinking devotion to our blessed 
Lord Jesus Christ? 

Are we willing to share the in- 
spired revelation of God with others, 
less fortunate than we, who never 
have heard the story of Easter? 

Do we really believe in the event 
which began Easter? 
What are we seeking? 

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The Feast of Easter 



BY J. KEITH ALTIG* 



One foreign language dictionary 
defines Easter as first, "The annual 
feast of the Jews to commemorate 
their exit from Egypt," and second, 
"The annual feast of Christians to 
commemorate the resurrection of 
Christ." While these definitions may 
or may not be adequate for Jews and 
Christians, they do not in any way 
explain the meaning of Easter for 
the millions of civilized pagans for 
whom Easter is the annual feast 
arranged for the purpose of arising 
early, exhibiting new clothes and, 
after attending a strange religious 
service, eating a ham dinner. 

Divesting Easter of the century- 
old accretions of superstitions and 
empty traditions is no easy task. In 
the minds of the unbelieving multi- 
tude, Easter is much like a clock in 
the hands of a savage jungle Indian. 
"Here," thinks the Indian, "Is un- 
doubtedly an object of great power 
and significance. It whispers to me, 
but I cannot understand it. Its ar- 
rows signal to me, but I cannot 
comprehend their meaning." So he 
surrounds it with superstitious awe 

*Missionary to Brazil 



and reverence, worships it, and uses 
its worship as an occasion to en- 
gage in the carnal orgies of eating, 
drinking, and bedecking himself with 
paint and finery. 

Unenlightened by the power of 
the Holy Spirit, the unsaved civilized 
man regards Easter in much the 
same way. "Here," he says, "is an 
occasion of great though incom- 
prehensible significance. It has 
something to do with eggs, chickens, 
rabbits, flowers, the sunrise, new 
clothes, and church. Since it always 
comes on Sunday it must be a relig- 
ious event, so maybe we ought to 
go to church." He does so probably 
grumbling a bit at the inconvenience 
caused by the large crowd and wish- 
ing that those who attend regularly 
would stay home on this day of the 
year and let the others have a 
chance. In order that the upheaval 
in his normal routine shall not be 
so completely shattering, he sur- 
rounds the observance of the day 
with the familiar activities of any 
other holiday. 

But underneath it all the believer 
finds the most precious and the most 
significant of all New Testament 



revelations, and we do well to ex- 
ploit it. As at Christmastime, our 
task at the Easter season is to ex- 
plain the spiritual significance of 
the day, divesting it of the super- 
stitious and purely traditional and 
investing it with the deeply spiritual 
and powerful lessons with which it is 
replete. No other message has 
brought such hope to the world as 
this. No other words have so in- 
vigorated weary and discouraged 
people as the words: "He is not here: 
for he is risen as he said." 

As they did on that gray dawn 
long ago, people today neetl Jesus, 
but they know not where to find 
Him. They seek Him and the hope; 
which is to be found in His message 
in strange and mysterious religious 
ceremonies participated in on chilly 
hilltops in the uncertain light of early 
morning. They go out on a pier oii 
up on the side of a hill or on thel 
bank of a river and there thev seeki 
Him. 

Will He be found of those whcl 
seek Him thus? Upon the many whcl 
by grace have entered into a savingi 
knowledge of Christ and have had 
the eyes of their understandings en- 
lightened devolves the inescapable 
responsibility of the Easter conni 
mand, "Go and tell." i 

The location in which we en 
counter the seeking soul matters lit 
tie. It may be hilltop, mountainside 
riverbank, or auditorium. The faci 
that he is there indicates that the 
seeker at least to some degree has ar 
open heart and a questing mind. Hd 
must hear the message of the resur- 
rection with its related truths. Tk 
resurrection is the facet of the gos<i 
pel message chosen of the Hoi} 
Spirit to be the central core of all 
Christian faith as if to say: "Hell 
who believes the account of tht 
resurrection can believe and accep , 
all other doctrines of grace." This iij 
the glittering jewel in the diadem o | 
revelation which within itself gatheriJ 
all the beauty and power of the en.j 
tire message of salvation, and ampli j 
fying and enriching it with its owr 
irridescent grandure, stands as tho 
one truth if man will believe in hiii 
heart and combine with a sincerft 
confession of Christ as the Lord ami 
Master of his life, he will be saved:] 
This is our Easter message to i'\ 
needy world. | 



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MOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE 



YW. RUSSELL OGDEN^ 



LENT? 



In matters of religion, there is 
Iways the tendency to gravitate in 
ne of two directions. The first 
irection is toward an experience 
f personal religion which is based 
pon an individual relationship with 
rod, and which is maintained 
irough personal prayer and de- 
ation, apart from all external aids 
ther than the Scriptures, and apart 
om any external custom other 
lan assembly for public worship, 
his may, at times, degenerate into 
idical individualism because of its 
itensely personal nature, but it 
5ually serves the purpose of keeping 
iligious truth an integral part of 
le daily lives of its followers. 

The second direction is toward a 
)rmal, or ritualistic expression of 
;ligion which depends heavily upon 
le use of symbols, and the observ- 
[ice of special days as specified in 

legal code. These days and sym- 
ols may be observed for a merit 
hich they contain within ihem- 
;lves, apart from any personal re- 
:tion which the worshiper may have 
)ward them. This type of religion 
sually degenerates into a liturgy 
erformed by a priesthood or clergy, 
hich ultimately loses its relation 
) everyday life in the minds of the 
eople. 

The Brethren Church follows the 
irection of the first group of 
[lurches mentioned above. These 
lurches do not believe that a re- 
gious calendar is important, and 
p not follow the annual tradition 
E Lent. 

It would be a surprise to many 
lurch-goers to discover that there is 
3 reference in the Bible to the 
Dservance of Lent. The word 
Lent" itself comes from an ancient 
rm which referred to spring, and 
;tached itself to the custom of fast- 
ig in the spring of the year as a part 
I the celebration of Easter. Re- 
irdless of the supposed sincerity 
f those who originated the custom, 

has degenerated with the passage 



•Pastor. First Brethren Church 
Akron. Ohio 



of time into a meaningless fad in 
which the abstainance from any par- 
ticular luxury is considered appro- 
priate to the season, regardless of 
the number of substitute luxuries 
which may be indulged. (The writer 
recalls seeing in a supermarket prior 
to Easter a large display of jellies, 
with the enticing advertisement, 
"Satisfy Those Lenten Appetites." 
This is a reflection of the all too 
common attitude that religion is only 
a necessary hardship which we must 
endure, but are justified in making 
it as easy on ourselves as possible.) 
The writer's chief objection to 
Lent, as to the entire observance of 
a religious calendar, is that it ropes 
the year off into compartments, some 
of which are sacred, and some of 
which are not. It divorces religion 
from practical life, and suggests that 
if a person only observes the stated 
rituals, he need not be so careful of 
his conduct at other times. The ob- 
ject of Christian faith is not to 
establish a ritual calendar, but to 
transform lives into holy living 
36514 days out of every year. Lent 
requires a man to deny himself of 
some particular habit or enjoyment; 
Christ requires a man to deny "him- 
self," which is something far differ- 
ent, and goes to the very heart of 
a man's being. "If any man will come 
after me, let him deny himself," says 
our Lord (Luke 9:23). Lent is sea- 
sonal; Christ calls for a life that is 
constant. The New Testament min- 
ister is to pursue his ministry "in 



BIBLE VERSE 




I COR. 11:26 

For as often as ye eat this 
bread, and drink this cup, ye do 
shew the Lord's death till he 
come. 



season, out of season . . ." (II Tim. 
4:2), with complete disregard of 
time or custom. The entire Christian 
life is to be a daily fellowship with 
God (I John 1:7). " 

The observance of Lent is a per- 
petuation of the type of religion 
which existed under Old Testament 
Law. Under the Law there were 
stipulated times for feasting, and :ror 
fasting — a regular annual ritual 
which never varied over the cen- 
turies. But the New Testament 
makes it very clear that all of these 
observances could not justify a :man 
before God. They were intended 
only as a moral safeguard until 
Christ should come, who himself 
fulfilled all the requirements of the 
Law which man could not, and then 
gave himself as a sacrifice in ful- 
fillment of the penalty of the Law 
for all mankind. (See Gal. 3.) The 
Gospel, or "Good News," of the 
New Testament is that a man is 
justified before God by faith in what 
Jesus Christ did for him, not by 
legalistic or ritualistic observances 
which he must do for himself. A 
Christian is one who has received, 
through Jesus Christ, the reality of 
spiritual truths which are only 
symbolized in the rituals. 

The Apostle Paul faced in the 
church at Galatia this very problem 
of a tendency on the part of many to 
return to the legal ritual as a substi- 
tute for personal faith in Jesus 
Christ, and a personal experience of 
His grace in daily living. He writes 
to the members: "Ye observe days, 
and months, and times, and years," 
and asks increduously, "Now, after 
that ye have known God . . . how 
turn ye again to the weak and beg- 
garly elements, whereunto ye desire 
again to be in bondage?" And he 
sums up his rejection of the ritual 
scheme by saying: "I am afraid of 
you, lest I have bestowed upon you 
labour in vain" (Gal. 4:9-11). Paul 
obviously felt their profession of 
Christian faith was worthless if they 

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Dnc Juuina Dnicl 



BY R. PAUL MILLER* 



There is no more gripping part 
of tlie record of the Bible than this, 
that we have before us. Here are 
three men suffering death by cruci- 
fixion. Two of them, criminals, who 
deserved to die for their life of crime. 
One robber admitted it. But Jesus 
was being crucified, not for crimes 
that He had committed, but for sin 
against God that He had not com- 
mitted — your sin and mine. 

Undoubtedly, this was the lone- 
liest hour the Son of God ever knew 
in time or eternity. In heaven. He 
always had the fellowship of God 
the Father and hosts of angels. On 
earth. He always had His disciples 
with Him and the multitudes around 
Him. But now for the first time He 
was indeed utterly alone. The leaders 
of the Jews were against Him. His 
disciples had fled when He was ar- 
rested. Even God the Father had to 
forsake Him because He was bear- 
ing our sins. He was alone in pur- 
pose and spirit, for His disciples did 
not vaguely comprehend what He 
was really doing for them on the 
cross. Many a man has learned that 
the path of doing great deeds is a 
lonely one. The man of vision has 
to tread a lonely path, for few others 
ever see what he sees, or even be- 
lieve that he s;es anything. To 
courageously forge ahead to ac- 
complish a great vision for others, 
forces upon a great man a lonely 
life, and many times the realization 
of what he saw, and what he did, and 
the motives of his work, do not dawn 
on those he tried to help until after 
his death. It was so with Jesus. 

This triple crucifixion is a bitter 
revelation of the true nature of sin- 
ful men. Here are two robbers — 
scofflaws. They had preyed upon 
their fellow men for years. They had 
robbed, and perhaps killed in their 
course of crime as most robbers do. 
No doubt they were close associates 



of Barrabas, who was also a robber 
and a murderer, who had also been 
imprisoned for his crime. Now at 
last the inexorable Roman law had 
them in its grips, and they were 
paying for their crimes, the penalty 
that humanity demanded. No one 
defended them. They had no case. 
They did not even try to justify 
themselves. They admitted their 
guilt. They were now reaping what 
they had sown. But there was an- 
other on that central cross and dying 
the same death. But He was no rob- 
ber. He had come from heaven. He 
was the Son of God. He had re- 
vealed God to men. He had unfolded 
the love and grace of God toward all 
men. He had healed them from 
disease, delivered them from demon 
possession, taught them the true 
meaning of the Scriptures, and had 
told them that in Him they could 
find eternal salvation. Instead of 
loving Him and worshiping Him, 
they cursed Him, mocked Him, 
gloated over Him, and sent Him to 
die on a cross just like a criminal. 
They had no curses for the rob- 
bers; they shouted their curses at 
Jesus, the Son of God. 

This robber who had followed his 
wild, lawless, reckless way, trampled 
under foot every thought of respect 
for his fellow men, and looked upon 
them only as victims of his rapacious 
lust for loot. He had always gotten 
by with his evil deeds till now. But, 
at last payday had come. 

The jailor handcuffs him and che 
soldiers lead him out to Golgotha, 
the place of a skull. His fellow jn 
crime walks beside him on their way 
to die an awful death. When they get 
there, he sees the soldiers already 
busy with another victim. He sees 
One that he had never seen in a 
robber's cave. This man has no 
marks of crime on Him. As the 
crowd curses and mocks Jesus, he 
with the other robber, joins them, 
no doubt seeking sympathy from the 




Matthew 27:38-44 



crowd. He watches Jesus as they 
strip Him of His seamless robe, and 
as the soldiers gamble over it. He 
watches Jesus as they crush thali 
crown of thorns upon His head.i 
Then he sees the soldiers roughl)i 
seize Jesus' hands and drive the nails 
through that tender flesh. He wincesj 
with pain, but not a word escapes: 
His lips. Then they spike His feel 
to the cross. As they raise it up to 
drop it in the hole in the rock. He 
hears Jesus, in pleading and gentle 
voice talk to God and say: "Father, 
forgive them; for they know noli 
what they do." Something snaps in 
that robber. He sees in Jesus a per-| 
son that does not deserve what Hel 
is receiving at the hands of that mob. 
The injustice of it acts on him deep- 
ly. No one could pray for his cruci-i 
tiers like Jesus did unless he were 
more than a man. He grows silent.i 
No more curses on his lips. 

The other robber yells at Jesus, as 
he sees the soldier coming for him to 
crucify him: "If thou be Christ, sava 
thyself and us." He did not regreli 
his life of crime. He only wants to 
escape the penalty of his crimes and 
hopes Jesus will help him. At oncei 
the first robber rebukes him sayingi 
"Dost thou not fear God, seeing 
that thou art in the same condemna-" 
tion? ... for we receive the due re-l 
ward for our deeds; but this man 
hath done nothing amiss." 

What a man! What courage! Whai^ 
a revelation of something good anc, 
fair that had been down deep in him; 
all the while. What unfortunate cir-| 
cumstances had led or forced hiir| 



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The Brethren Missionary HeraW 



ato a life of crime is not known. 
lis homelife may have been bad. 
4aybe his father was a criminal, 
•erhaps he was a motherless boy, 
/horn no one cared for and was 
riven from pillar to post, All the 
me there had been a fearlessness 
D stand up for what he was con- 
inced that he should do, firmly 
xed in his breast. All the while 
lere had been deep within him a 
;ar of God. Until now, it had never 
;en allowed to rule him, but now 
I this supreme hour of tragedy in 
is life, it arose to the surface. How 
"ten there is found among men who 
/e lives far from God a substance 
character which when once 
ought out in faith in Christ, im- 
ediately amazes all men with their 
san-cut courage for Christ ihat 
ceeds by far those who have been 
ng-time followers of the Gospel. 
See this dying robber defending 
sus Christ at a time when the 
lole world was against Him. When 
sus' own disciples had left Him, 
5 robber confessed Him as Lord, 
hen the leaders of the religious 
ople who should have followed 
m, were accusing Jesus as a crim- 
il, this man defended His inno- 
ice. When the Jews saw in Him 
thing but a felon, this dying rob- 
r saw Jesus as God and Messiah, 
len the crowd shouted, "Let Him 
," this robber cried to Jesus to 
him live. While the Pharisees and 
mob were wholly occupied with 
ir bloody deeds against Jesus, this 
ng robber was looking across the 
s to the kingdom of God. 
rhat dying robber was a man of 
ision. Faced with one fleeting 
rortunity to save his own soul, he 
n't hedge and dodge, he didn't 
de and make excuses. He didn't 
for time, and put off decision as 
le of you have been doing. He 
not say: "Tomorrow, I will be- 
e in you Lord." Not a bit of it. 
Te would be no tomorrow for 
, and he knew it. And there may 
30 tomorrow for you either, my 
id. 

Tom all outward indications, 
day had come at last for a deep 
ler. And it would have been the 
for him — but for one thing. He 
a swift passing chance to ac- 
Christ. He took it. He cried: 
rd, remember me when thou 

' 5, 7958 



SHOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE 
LENT? 

(Continued from page 221) 

did not see that it was both superior 
to, and a complete replacement of, 
the ritual code. 

Some will contend, no doubt, that 
it is better to have a man practice 
his religion once in a while than not 
at all, and better to have symbols 
than have nothing. Although this 
may be a popular opinion, the writer 
doss not believe it to be true. When 
a wicked man practices benevolence, 
it is usually to soothe his conscience 
so he will feel free to commit more 
wickedness. Some men will even try 
to bribe God! During our Lord's 
earthly ministry, it was the open sin- 
ner — the confessed embezzler, the 
harlot — that heard Him gladly, and 
were converted from their sins. It 
was the ritualists that gave Him all 
the trouble — religious pretenders 
who meticulously followed all of the 
daily, weekly, and annual rites, but 
who privately lived immorally and 
exploited the people. These were 
the ones who demanded that Jesus 
be put to death. 

We are not suggesting that those 
today who observe Lent, or any 
other ritual, are on a par with Phari- 
sees and Sadducees. But we do point 
out that ritual counts for nothing if 
a man does not have personal faith 
in Jesus Christ as the divine Son 
of God, and the Saviour of the 
world. And, if he has this faith, he 
has the reality which the ritual only 
symbolizes; and he celebrates it all 
the year around, not for six weeks 
only in the spring. 



comest into thy kingdom." Jesus re- 
plied: "Today, shalt thou be with 
me in Paradise." Today, the dying 
thief is with Jesus. 

The other robber was just as close 
to Jesus as the first one. But he 
hardened his heart against Jesus, 
and sided with the mob that cruci- 
fied him. The first robber went from 
his cross to heaven. The other went 
from his cross to hell. That is the 
way men are gomg today. One goes 
to heaven, another goes to hell. It 
all depends upon what they do with 
Jesus Christ. 



V)cddina ^JL 



oe mailed to the Missionary Herald. 

Marilyn Greenwell and Ronnie 
Lehman, of Conemaugh, Pa., Jan. 
18, in California. 

Mary Dively and Frank Truman, 
Jan. 10, at the Vicksburg Brethren 
Church, Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

Dorothy M. Bussard and Marlin 
S. Bollman, Feb. 2, at the Everett 
Grace Brethren Church, Everett 
Pa. 

Lois Kay Landrum and Arlie 
Kali, Feb. 16, at the Clayhole Breth- 
ren Church, Clayhole, Ky. 



in Memttrmnt 

Mrs. Lena A. Auge, who was 

known particularly for her love for 
the Word of God and her continuous 
spirit of praise, was called Home by 
the Lord on February 21, following 
many years of suffering. As long as 
health permitted she and her hus- 
band were very active in the First 
Brethren Church, of Long Beach, 
Calif., but the health problems of 
both have made it impossible for 
them to attend for some time. How- 
ever, their interest in the work here 
has never lagged and they have con- 
tinued to pray for the home church. 
It might be said of Mrs. Auge that 
she practically "lived in the Word," 
having spent many hours of the day 
in reading its pages.— C. W. Mayes, 
pastor. 

Mrs. Bess Kilkn passed away 
after a lengthy illness, and was laid 
to rest on Mar. 1 1. She was a mem- 
ber of the Conemaugh Brethren 
Church for many years. — Stanley 
Hauser, pastor. 

Mr. Lewis A. Miller, 79, went to 
be with the Lord on Mar. 11. He 
served as a deacon in the church for 
more than forty years. He was a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa., where he 
was a faithful attendant. — Russell 
Weber, pastor. 

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FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Pray for our students in Bible 
schools in Africa, Argentina, Brazil 
and Mexico; for the Missionary 
Children's School in Africa; and for 
Christian day schools in Africa and 
Brazil. 

Prav for Brother Kenneth Ash- 
man, for earlv in Ariril he will visit 
Puerto Rico as the euest of Brother 
and S'ster Emmit Adams, and mak^ 
inv'^sti^ations for our Society. 

Prav for Brother Fred Fo<ile, 
for about Mav first he begins a very 
busv schedule in the Centre Evan- 
gelique in Lvon, in the portable 
tabernacle in a neiahboring city, 
and in youth camo work. 

Pray that building operations may 
be verv quicklv completed at Jose 
Marmol and Rio Tercero. Argen- 
tina. These buildings are badly :ieed- 
ed. 

Pray for the Zielaskos working 
in Caoanema, Brazil, and in sur- 
rounding areas. Threats are being 
made, and some persecution insti- 
gated. 

Pray that the decision mav be ac- 
cording to the Lord's will as ihe 
board of trustees is contacted about 
April 15 with resoect to the aopoint- 
ment of three more missionaries, one 
for Brazil and two for Africa. 

There have been very encourag- 
ing results recently in our work in 
Hawaii. Pray that these blessings 
will continue. 

Pray for the foreign-mission ral- 
lies as they continue throughout 
May. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

Pray for the churches at Palmyra, 
York, Johnstown, Pa., Roanoke, 
Va., Bell, Calif., and Findlay, Ohio, 
that every need will be met since 
they have become self-supporting. 

Pray for the church at Leon, Iowa, 
that it will soon assume its position 
with the other self-supporting 
churches. 

Pray that additional facilities "or 
the Navajo Mission work may be 
supplied through obtaining govern- 



ment surplus buildings for which 
applications have been made. 

Pray for members of the Brethren 
Construction Company unit being 
dissolved for lack of funds, that a 
door of service may be opened for 
these home missionaries. 

Pray for the recent Home Mis- 
sions Council board decisions, that 
the Lord's will for Brethren home 
missions will be fulfilled in 1958. 

YOUTH— 

Pray that our plans for National 
Youth Sunday, May 18 will all be 
God directed. 

Pray also for the plans for the 
national summer camp at Bethany 
during conference time. Pray that 
this camp shall be used of the Lord 
to encourage our youth to be gen- 
uine soldiers of the cross. 

Pray more earnestly concerning 
the summer missionary program so 
that we may be able to send sum- 
mer missionaries to New Mexico and 
to Kentucky. 

Pray that our young people shall 
have strength to overcome the wiles 
of the Devil as they near graduation 
season and the temptations they 
face during this time. 

LAYMEN— 

Pray for the laymen of our South- 
east district as they assist Brother 
Carl Key in establishing a Brethren 
testimony in Charlottesville, Va. 

Pray that all the National goals 
will be met and surpassed, especially 
the foreign-mission goal to support 
Donald Spangler in Africa, and that 
next year we will be able to support 
more missionaries on the foreign 
fields. 

SMM— 

Pray for the girls who are work- 
ing on their personal goals that they 
may be able to accomplish them on 
time. 

Pray that we might receive enough 
general fund offering to cover the 
expenses of our national SMM. 




BRETHREN DAY OF PRAYER 
APRIL 15 



Hear my praver. O LORD, give ear to m; 
supplication; in thy faithfulness answei 
me. and in thy righteousness (Ps. 143:1) 



WMC— 

Pray that the spring rallies will 
be a means of greater vision anc 
more sacrificial giving for missions 

Pray that more WMC women wil 
become a "pal" to a Sisterhood giri 
in interest, prayer and friendship: 

Pray for our Birthday mission* 
aries and that the number may tx 
increased. 

GRACE SEMINARY, COLLEGI 

Praise the Lord that our buildinj| 
fund has now passed $131,000. Ali 
bills are paid and we have a littli 
money with which to go ahead. 

Pray that decisions and consecra 
tions recently made may be fruit 
ful of much spiritual victory am 
spread to include the entire campus 

There are some health problem, 
with certain faculty members. Pra' 
for physical, mental and spiritufi 
strength for every responsibility. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL— 

Pray that the Loyalty Campaig 
from April 13 through May 18 ma 
bring a new sense of responsibilit 
upon our people. 

Pray that the plans for the SM 
— summer campaign — may be use 
to instill a real missionary vision t 
all of our Sunday schools. 

Pray for the coming National Sur 
day School Convention, August ll 
- 1 8 at Winona Lake, Ind. Particulai 
ly that workshop leaders may il 
spire every worker. 



MISSIONARY HERALD— 

Pray for contacts during the con 
ing offering period. 



The BRETHREN 




WMC NUMBER 



APRIL 12, 1958 





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National SMM Officers 

(See page 230) 



^^uLli^...^M^ 



Wc 
From the President's Pen 




Mrs. Paul Dick 



We Are the Lord's by His 
Resurrection 

Many of you will agree that Easter 
time is the most beautiful season of 
the year. We have been looking for- 
ward to the spring when all around 
there are signs of new resurrected 
life. Easter recalls to our minds 
again the glorious truth of the resur- 
rection of our Lord. We have just 
sung the glad Easter hymns. How 
wonderful if all our WMC mem- 
bers around the world could join 
voices in a mighty choir, and sing 
together "And because He lives, 
I too, I too, I too shall live." 

We have thought of those women 
who came early to the tomb and 
found it empty. They heard the tid- 
ing, "He is risen." Resurrection Day 
meant much then to those women. 
What does it mean to us now? "We 
Are the Lord's by His Resurrection" 
should cause us to first come, and 
then go (Matt. 28:6-7). 

Foreign Missions in WMC 

The National Executive Commit- 
tee of WMC took advantage of an- 
other meeting at Winona Lake, and 
had a meeting of their own. The 
purpose was to evaluate the work of 
the past few months, and to plan 
and approve measures to make 
WMC still more effective in the 
future months. 

The meeting was held Tuesday, 
March 18, at the home of Mrs. Les- 
ter Pifer. Those in attendance were: 
Mrs. Paul E. Dick, president; Mrs. 
Miles Taber, first vice president; 
Mrs. Lester Pifer, recording secre- 
tary; Mrs. Scott Weaver, assistant 
recording secretary; Mrs. Chester 
McCall, financial secretary-treas- 
urer; Mrs. Jesse Deloe, literature 



secretary; and Mrs. Dayton Cundiff, 
editor. 

We appreciate your support of 
our national objectives and recom- 
mendations. The reports from our 
local and district presidents during 
the year have expressed their hearty 
approval of our devotional programs 
this year. Our national WMC is the 
result of the Lord's blessings on the 
local councils at home, and on for- 
eign fields. When we keep the em- 
phasis on our spiritual goals, the 
Lord provides our every need for 
many projects. 

We are now in our foreign-mis- 
sions quarter. You will want to read 
or review in every council "Con- 
quering Oubangui-Chari for Christ," 
by Dr. O. D. Jobson. Our vision and 
faith are increased when we read 
how the Lord has answered prayers 
through trials, problems and dif- 
ficult times. This book should be 
in every Brethren home. There are 
blessings in remembering our mis- 
sionaries and their children with 
prayers, birthday remembrances, 
and gifts from the "missionary 
chests." 

Pen Pointers 

"That contest was easy. Glad I 
read my Pen Pointers carefully." 
Is that what you said when your 
council had an oral or written quiz 
on them? "What is WMC?" and 
"Women Manifesting Christ" were 
the first two in the series, and were 
given to you last fall. You may se- 
cure additional ones from the liter- 
ature secretary. The way they are 
used will determine their value to 
you and your council. 

This month you will receive the 
new Pen Pointer, "Beyond Our 
Borders." There are many things in 



it to consider that will answer i 
questions regarding our foreign mis- 
sionary fields. Next month you will 
receive, "Working in My Church." 
Read them prayerfully, and let the i 
Lord direct your decisions for serv- 
ing Him. Remember that a decision f 
is of no value unless acted upon. 

Conference and Rallies 

Would you really like to attend . 
our WMC sessions at National Con- 
ference? Plan and pray now. The 
program has a real missionary em- 
phasis. You will enjoy National 
Conference more, if you also attend > 
your local and district rallies. What i 
times of blessed fellowship we have i 
together because "We Are then 
Lord's." 

Our three birthday missionaries 
are planning to attend our WMC 
sessions of National Conference. 
Miss Byron and Miss Bickel have 
just returned to the States, conclud- 
ing many years of difficult but joy- ; 
ful service for the Lord in Africa. I 
Mrs. Foster, our national prayer I 
chairman, is busy in many councils l[ 
here. Her years of service in Africa } 
are still challenging all ages to an- 
swer the Lord's call. Will our Mis- 
sionary Birthday Offering show our i| 
appreciation and love for these dearil 
sisters who have served so faith- )| 
fully for many years? 

Over the Top 

We would like to say that foi 
many of our goals. Our congratula- 
tions to the Sunnyside WMC. They 
had a goal for 100 women in at- 
tendance at their regular March 
meeting. What rejoicing when there 
were 101 women present. Praise the 

(Continued on page 230) 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD VOLUME 20, NUMBER 15 ' 

ARNOLD R. KRIEGBAUM, Executive Editor 
Entered as second-class matter April 16, 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by I 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price,$3.50 a year: 100-percent churches, $2.50; 75-percent churches, ■' 
$2.75; 50-percent churches, $3.00; foreign, $4.00. Board of Directors: Robert Crees, president; Herman A. Hoyt, vice president: William i 
Schaffer, secretary; True Hunt, assistant secretary; Ord Gehman, treasurer; Bryson Fetters, member-at-large to executive committee: ' 
William Male, Mark Malles, Robert E. A. Miller, Thomas Hammers; Arnold R. Kriegbaum, ex officio. I 



226 



The Brethren Missionary Herald^ 



Minister 



of Soul and Body 

Compiled by Marcia Lowe 



A native Hoosier, Miss Florence 
Marguerite Bickel was born at Elk- 
hart, Ind., on July 10, 1888. Con- 
cerning her life Miss Bickel writes: 

"My life before I was a mission- 
ary was quite varied. After Mother 
died, when I was 13, I saw my need 
as a sinner and accepted Christ as 
my Saviour. Even before this, as 
far back as I can remember, I felt 
that I belonged to Him, for I was 
bom into a Christian home, having 
very devout parents. 

"After finishing grade school I 
was encouraged to go on to high 
school, but I said: 'No, I must work 
to support myself.' This I did in 
many ways: in homes, in factories, 
in offices, in millinery and depart- 
ment stores, and in sewing. When 
[ was about 1 6 my sister and I were 
talking of spiritual things and of mis- 
sionaries. My sister said: 'Florence, 
ivouldn't you like to be a mission- 
ary?' I told her I had thought of it 
"or a long time, but I thought it 
ivould take someone who knew more 
Jian I did to be a real missionary. 
When one gets it into his head that 

I thing is impossible, the Lord has 
shake him hard before he will 
iwaken. 

"At general conference in 1914 
he Lord used a message on missions 
o awaken me. The Spirit tried to 
ift me out of my seat to step out 
md volunteer for the Lord's work, 
resisted because of the public eye, 
iowever, the next spring at a Chris- 
ian Endeavor conference I surren- 
lered. Nothing could hold me back 
tien, neither bashfulness nor pride, 
^hat fall I registered at Ashland 
'oUege for a four-year course which 
ffered both academic and college 
ubjects. 

"When I left for college almost 

II of my family said: 'You will never 
e able to go through with it, for 
'here will you get your support? We 
re not able to help you.' But my 
ear father always encouraged me, 
lying: 'You will get through all 
ight, the Lord will provide.' I told 
im that if I failed I would fail 
■ying. He said, 'You will be vic- 
mous.' 



"The Lord did provide — every 
need — for four years at Ashland and 
through three years of nurses' train- 
ing. After the seven years of train- 
ing and three months in France, 
the merciful Lord saw fit to send 
me to Africa as one of His servants." 

It was in January 1923 that Miss 
Bickel sailed for Africa, and 
through the 35 years which have in- 
tervened since that time she has 
served the Lord faithfully in chat 
position of His vineyard. Through 
most of these years she has served on 
the Bellevue station, being in charge 
of the dispensary there. It would be 
impossible to even estimate the thou- 
sands of African natives to whom 
she has ministered not only in a 
physical way, but also spiritually. Al- 
though she was the fourteenth mis- 
sionary to go out to Africa under 
The Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church, only Dr. and 
Mrs. Orville Jobson and Rev. C. B. 
Sheldon have been on that field 
longer than Miss Bickel. 

Though due for furlough in 1957, 
Miss Bickel asked for the privilege 
of remaining on the field an extra 
year before her return to the States, 
thus bringing her to the age of re- 
tirement from active service for our 
missionaries. 

Miss Bickel and Miss Grace 
Byron arrived in the United States 
on March 17, 1958, after concluding 
their years of missionary service in 
Africa. They left Africa on March 
2, flew to France, and spent a few 
days visiting the Fogies and others, 
and sightseeing. Then they sailed for 
the States on the Queen Elizabeth on 
March 12. Although their hearts are 
still in Africa, they will be contin- 
uing their mission service in this 
country as their health permits. Pray 
for these veteran missionaries as 
they look to the Lord to direct their 
future years. 

We are happy to claim both of 
these missionaries, with Mrs. Rose 
Foster, as our birthday missionaries. 
Watch next month for the story of 
Miss Byron. 



TOO BUSY 

I didn't have time to pray. You see 

I had so much to do. 

I had to hang the washing out; 

I'd pray when I was through. 

I had to spread the beds up, 

I had to dust the room, 

I knew 1 really ought to pray. 

I'd do it pretty soon. 

I had to wash the dishes, 

I had to clear the house, 

I had to write a letter, 

I had to iron a blouse. 

He spoke the word and earth was 

formed. 
He made a million stars, 
He measures heaven's endless 

space. 
For such a God is ours. 
His hand upholds the universe. 
And yet he waits on high 
Listening and longing 
To hear His children's cry. 
And so I went on working. 
And it was a dismal day 
For tho' God had time to Hsten, 
I didn't have time to pray. 

— Vivian McClellan 



KNOW THE ANSWERS? 

1. What important goal do we 
seem to need emphasized each 
WMC year? 

2. Why are certain portions of 
Scripture recommended to be read 
by WMC ladies each year? 

3. What person in WMC should 
particularly be in touch with the 
urgent prayer needs of her church? 

4. When is the Brethren Day 
of Prayer? 

5. How did it originate? 

6. What is a Prayer Warrior, 
and who may be one? 

7. What are the three elements 
needed to develop a strong Christian 
character? 

8. Can you name four avenues 
of witnessing open to us? 

9. Which of these would make a 
fine way to begin witnessing for a 
bashful WMC lady? 

10. What should be the main 
focus or objective of visitation? 

(Answers can be found in Pen 
Pointer "Women Manifesting 
Christ.") 



pril 12, 7958 



227 




PURPOSE AND CHILDREN 



Have you ever asked yourself 
what purpose you have in the rear- 
ing of your children? If someone 
should suddenly ask you to ex- 
press your hopes and aspirations for 
your children as they come to adult- 
hood, what would be your answer? 

On the spur of the moment you 
might answer thus: "Fd like to see 
Joe enter the ministry; Sandra be a 
nurse or teacher; Grant, a doctor. Of 
course I want them all to be good 
citizens and faithful Christians." 
That's it, and that's all. Or is it? 

Why not analyze your purpose 
thoroughly, prayerfully, honestly? 
Have you been too busy washing the 
children's clothes, mending their 
socks, and cooking their meals to 
really evaluate their needs in rela- 
tion to your purpose? 

AUhough it is understood that not 
even you can give them the final 
word as to what they shall do in 
adult life regarding a vocation ac- 
cording to God's will for them per- 
sonally, you certainly can play an 
important role in guidance and en- 
couragement. Five little words kept 
constantly before the mind of par- 
ents would be an immeasurable help 
as those tender plants grow up: As 
the twig is bent." 

Over my desk hangs the picture 
of a gnarled, storm-battered, wind- 
buffeted cypress as it stands on the 
Monterey Peninsula off the coast of 
California. With the Pacific Ocean 
in the background and great boul- 
ders surrounding it in formidable ar- 
ray, the cypress has stood the test of 
time and survived the assaults of the 
elements because from the begin- 
ning of this growth the roots sought 
the security, and life-giving nourish- 
ment of the earth. 

It is impossible for me to count 
the times that by simply gazing 
at this picture I have been chal- 
lenged and comforted in spirit as 
I have battled the onslaughts of the 
adversary of my soul. How thankful 
I have been for roots of the spirit 

228 



sunk deeply in the faith which have 
enabled me to outride the storms of 
life. 

At this point you fit vitally into 
your children's future and that 
polarized life which is in your mind 
for them. Ask yourself again: "What 
is our goal as parents in rearing these 
children?" 

Answer number one was likely: 
"That they be saved and really live 
as Christians should." What a won- 
derful polar point this is! But, what, 
if anything, are you really doing to 
challenge your "heritage of the 
Lord" toward a polarized life in 
sacrificial service? How much and 
how often do they see you, their 
two parents, sacrifice for Christ 
whom you claim to love? When 
some service for the Lord and some 
matter of personal pleasure or busi- 
ness item come at the same time, 
wliich is sacrificed? 1 know a lady 
who is often too weary of body to 
attend prayer meeting and Sunday 
evening service, but when a party or 
trip to town come her way, the mat- 
ter of weariness never crosses her 
mind. There is not doubt that she is 
a Christian. But she isn't doing a 
thing to challenge her loved ones to 
personal sacrifice for Christ. 

How can you, how dare you ex- 
pect your children to rise above your 
example? A life of "don't do as I 
do but do as I say" will never aid 
your children in living a polarized 
life. 

Answer number two might be: 
"We want to rear them nobly so 
that they will be able to establish a 
home which will be a credit to them 
and us. But we hope it will not be 
too difficult a task until we get 
them there. To put it mildly, it will 
be rather nice to get the children all 
out 'from the nest' because we are 
tired." 

Thank you for being honest. How- 
ever, have you ever taken a good, 
hard look at the ultimate goal to 
which a desire to take it "easy" 



leads? If "taking it easy" means 
pleasing "only us two and no more," 
if it means a self-centered life, then 
you will end at the depot named 
"Boredom." The very desire to take 
it easy in respect to rigorous work 
and responsibility is essentially self- 
ish. And all selfishness leads to 
boredom. 

It is a terrible mistake and a sad 
commentary on us when we wish 
half our lives and the lives of our 
children away. The polarized life, 
that which has a definite mission, 
both personally and as a family, will 
never become self-centered or bored. 
How do you and yours stand at this 
point? 

The thought of taking it easy 
never once crossed the mind of that 
vigorous old defender of the faith, 
the Apostle Paul. Would that we 
would allow ourselves as individuals 
and families to be challenged again 
by his great "war cry": 

"Brethren, I count not myself to i 
have apprehended: but this one thing | 
I do, forgetting those things which I 
are behind, and reaching forth unto 
those things which are before, I 
press toward the [goal] mark for the 
prize of the hiah calling of God in 
Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). 

Paul didn't "press toward" anyi 
goal by sitting at home wishing :(or 
the day he could take it easy. Theij 
nearest he got to some wishing was j 
when he said: "I am in a strait be-i! 
twixt two, having a desire [not a | 
wish] to depart, and to be withi 
Christ; which is very far better. 
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh 
is more needful for you" (Phil. 1: 
23-24). But even such a desire wasa 
tempered by his polarized hfe. 

As we think on these things, let 
us then act upon them. As we re-j 
evaluate purpose in light of our^ 
children and their needs, we will re-! 
member that "children are an heri-J 
tage of the Lord: and the fruit of; 
the womb is his reward" (Ps. 127:3).i 



WMC OFFICIARY i 

President— Mrs. Paul Dick, 649 BenryvUl*' 

Ave.. Winchester, Va. 
First Vice President (Project)— Mrs. Mila^ 

Taber, 314 Dorchester St., Ashland, Ohio 
Second Vice President (Program)— Mre', 

Thomas Hammers, 6242 30th St., Seattli' 

15. Wash. 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Lester Pifer, BOJ 

195, Winona Lalce, Ind. , 

Assistant Secretary — Mrs. Scott Weaver, R, 

R. 2, Osceola. Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Caav 

ter McCall, 4580 Don Felipe Dr.. Lo| 

Angeles, Calif. i 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. Jesse Deloe. 27Z', 

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Ind. _,^i 

Editor— Mrs. Dayton CundlH. Beaver Cits, 

Nebr. 
Prayer Chairman — Mrs. Rose Foster. 533^ 

K. Front St.. Philadelphia. Pa. 
Patroness of SMM — Mrs. Leslie Moore. 71 1 

Franklin St.. Sunnyside, Wash. 



The Brethren Missionary Herah' 



Retrospect and Prospect 



Mrs Leslie Moore 
National SMM Patroness 



Stop a moment — do you realize 
that we are more than half way 
through another WMC year? Many 
have testified of untold blessings 
as we have meditated the great 
truth, "We are the Lord's." We have 
studied, in many different ways, 
how we can belong to the Lord, 
which makes Him more precious. 

We know that it is a great privi- 
je to be the Lord's, as individ- 
uals and as a collective group. 

As Brethren women, who be- 
long to the One who bought us with 
His precious blood, we have a great 
heritage in our beloved denomina- 
tion. 

The Lord has blessed us with 
ministers who preach the whole Gos- 
pel. He has provided us with mis- 
iionaries. He has given us a semi- 
nary and college where our young 
nen and women are fitted for their 
ife work. Our Lord has also chal- 
enged us in the homeland and has 
lupplied willing workers to carry 
)ut His plan here. We of The Breth- 
en Church may truly say, "We are 
he Lord's" 

This blessed truth is not only to 
)e claimed for the year 1957-58, 
)ut it is ours for time and eternity. 
)ur supplement theme verse says: 
I will betroth thee unto me for 
ver" (Hos. 2:19). Forever is a long 
ime, and we as women of the WMC 
i The Brethren Church cannot stop 
t the end of the year and say, 
We were the Lord's." We are His 
Jrever and our job is to manifest 
lat truth to others forever. 

Surely each of us realizes that 
le sands of time are flowing fast 
lese days. We should also reahze 
lat when our generation passes, if 
le Lord tarries, The Brethren 
hurch will still be needed to pro- 
aim that "We are the Lord's." 
here is one way that we can be 
ire that this testimony will con- 
nue. Have you guessed what I am 
Mng to say next? Yes; we must 
ain our young people to know 
at they are the Lord's. 
This responsibility is to teach 
ir young people to fear the Lord 
id to live hves that show to all the 
orld that they belong to the Lord, 
ur special responsibility is the 

"ril 12, 1958 



Sisterhood work, for we are the 
"mother" organization. 

There must be many WMC wom- 
en that have never attended a SMM 
meeting and there are probably 
others who do not even know what 
SMM means. 

All of us cannot be patronesses, 
but we do need more than we have. 
Are you willing to give of your time 
to assist in this work? If so your 
local patronesses or WMC presi- 
dent would be more than happy to 
have you help the girls in some way. 
Maybe you can't actually help the 
girls in their meetings but there are 
other ways. 

Perhaps you could assist in some 
of their projects. I know you have 
lots of places for your money, but 
you can always give your old cotton 
material for the bandages that are so 
needed in Africa! This bandage roll- 
ing does not need to be a tiresome 
job for the girls; the women can tear 
and sew the strips together, thus 
sharing in this project. I know of a 
WMC that keeps three SMM groups 
supplied with bandage material One 
of the girls in that church hopes 
to be the bandage queen this year. 

Pictured on this page is Queen 



Gloria Jean Turgeon, of Denver, 
Colo., who rolled over 1,700 band- 
ages last year. She is shown in cos- 
tume standing by a shipping barrel. 
Her bandages almost filled a barrell 
Also shown on this page are three 
Winona Lake girls working at band- 
age rolling. This is a real mission 
and we can help. 

There is another way, a very im- 
portant one, of helping our young 
women to truly be the Lord's. That 





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is to show them what this theme 
really means — in manner of life, 
speech and habits. These girls are 
looking to us, who have had this 
theme brought so vividly this year, 
to live it before them. Can the Sister- 
hood girls (and others in your com- 
munity) see that you are the Lord's? 
Can they tell that you have received 
a spiritual blessing in knowing that 
you are His in companionship, in 
service, in praise, in life, yes, and 
even in death? They can, if you live 
it, and in all probability they will 
be led to live closer to their Lord 
through your testimony. 

Continue to study this theme this 
year, but let it last for ever in each 
life, and help us plan for the future 
for our youth. Paul said: "Being 
confident of this very thing, that He 
which hath begun a good work in 
you will perform it until the day of 
Jesus Christ'" (Phil. 1:6). 



About Our Cover 

In celebration of the Sisterhood 
of Mary and Martha birthday month 
we see on this cover a picture of the 
National Sisterhood officers around 
a birthday cake. Pictured from left 
to right are: Rachel Smithwick, sec- 
retary; Florence Moeller, treasurer; 
Marie Sackett, president; Jeanette 
Turner, editor; and Joyce Ashman, 
bandage secretary. Not pictured are 
Penny Rae Edenfield, Uniontown, 
Pa., the vice president; Mrs. Leslie 
Moore, Sunnyside, Wash., patroness; 
and Mrs. Wendell Kent, Beaumont, 
Calif., assistant patroness. 

It is with prayerful thought that 
the WMC wishes many more birth- 
day celebrations for the Sisterhood 
of Mary and Martha. 

(By the way, the girls said that 
the cake was chocolate inside, and 
that it was real yummy). 



FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PEN 

(Continued from page 226) 

Lord for their vision, not only in 
WMC, but all endeavors of their 
church. 

"That I may know him, and the 
power of his resurrection" (Phil. 3: 
10). May it come home to us now 
with fresh power and meaning, that 
each of us in the time remaining 
"till He comes" yield ourselves 
anew because "We Are the Lord's 
by His Resurrection." 



1 

From the Missionary Residence 



I 



By Mrs. Floyd Taber 

"Bear ye one another's burdens, 
and so fulfill the law of Christ" 
(Gal. 6:2). 

"Nowhere can this be more fit- 
tingly demonstrated than in us who 
are the Lord's. True compassion and 
understanding of another's needs 
are expressions of God's love flow- 
ing through us. Thus we must be 
abiding in Him if we would obey 
this exhortation. If we are insensi- 
tive to the needs of others, if we are 
unwilling to give of ourselves lo 
help others, if we can gossip about 
another's weakness or fault instead 
of helping him to overcome, then we 
ourselves are selfish, and unloving — 
crowding Christ out of our lives. 

"When we are permitted to see a 
discouraged heart lifted up in praise 
and song again because His love 
constrained us to speak or act in 
season, when we are able to lead 
a troubled soul into peace and con- 
fidence because we take time to 
teach him from the Word, when we 
see an unyielded child of God sub- 
mit to the Father's will in answer 
to our prayers, then we may be con- 
fident that we are fulfilling the law 
of Christ." 



I 



The above meditation was writ- 
ten by one of our missionaries on 
furlough who is residing in the mis- 
sionary residence at Winona Lake. 
Our Foreign Missionary project is 
that of supplying funds for building 
a new missionary residence. 

Though the present residence is 
not now bursting at the seams the 
home does not begin to meet the 
foreign missionary need. We have 
several larger famiUes coming on i 
furlough soon — in fact, the years of I 
1958, '59, and '60 are peak years « 
for furloughs and will severely tax i 
our facilities. 

Also, we have three retired mis- 
sionaries (our own birthday mis- 
sionaries) who will need places to 
live. 

In addition to what we have in 
our present residence, we should im- 
mediately have two additional larger 
apartments, and three small ones. 
It is hoped that the first unit of the 
new residence may be at least this I 
large. | 

One cheerful thought — the 
board is thinking of starting the 
building of this new residence as 
the weather permits in 1959. So. < 
give as the Lord leads. 



MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS FOR JUNE 



Africa — 



. June 2 

June 8, 1949 

June 12 

June 14 



Rev. S. Wayne Beaver 

Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Nancy Grace Hill 

Bossembele via Bangui. Frencii Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr. 

Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Martin M. Garber 

Mission a Bekoro, Paoua via Bozoum via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 15 

Bouca via Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

Bouca via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Mrs. Harold A. Mason June 26 

B. P, 35, Bossangoa via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 

Robert Ruth Hill June 29, 1945 

Bossenibsle via Bangui. French Equatorial Africa. 



In the United States — 

Mrs. Rose A. Foster June 9 

5337 North Front St.. Philadelphia 20, Pa. 

Charles David Spangler June 21, 1941 

c o Mr. Jon R. Morlen. 302 S. Woodlawn Dr., Wheaton, 111. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



According to His Own Purpose 



By Miss Ava Schnittjer 



"Who hath saved us, and called 
us with an holy calling, not accord- 
ing to our works, but according to 
his own purpose and grace" (II Tim. 
1:9). 

Did you ever gaze on a beautiful 
sunset, marvel at the majesty of a 
waterfall, or tremble at the fury of 
a storm? As you watched the chang- 
ing western sky, streaks of rose 
blended into deeper purple near ihe 
horizon and mounted through pale 
rose to mauve, all bearing testimony 
to the Master Craftsman. 

Or you've stood before a mighty 
waterfall, thrilled to the roaring 
power of the avalanche of water that 
thundered over the precipice. 

Or perhaps you've watched the 
Fury of a storm as it lashed out with 
snarling wind, beating rain and the 
dg-zag threat of electric charge. 

All of these are the handiwork of 
aod. Completely subject to His will, 
:he sun stood still in its course at 
jod's command. With His word He 
stilled the waves and the winds 
:eased. 

All these are responsive to Him, 
('ielding themselves to the Master's 
:ouch, to be changed and moved ac- 
;ording to His purpose. 

If God's handiwork so manifests 
3is glory, if He can accomplish such 
venders with them, how great would 
56 His power with man. His su- 
preme creation; how much more can 
I life, fully yielded to Him, show 
orth the glory of God. We are His 
vorkmanship, created in Christ 
fesus unto good works. 

The life surrendered to Christ, 
vith a warm heart revealed in the 
parkllng countenance, the loving 
lisposition, the cheery smile, all 
>lended with the deeper tones of a 
^listing faith — this life radiates sun- 
ihine, hope, and gladness to rival the 
leauty and splendor of the sunset. 

ipriV 12, 1958 



The life that stands unperturbed 
above the anxiety and clamor of this 
world — this life rivals in majesty the 
mighty waterfall. 

Or the life spent in unrelentin'^ 
opposition to hate, deceit, and all 
the vices known to man — this If; 
surpasses the majestic fury of the 
storm. 

Remembering that God "hath 
saved us . . . according to his own 
purpose and grace," the truly sur- 
rendered life is satisfied in whatever 
spot God has called her. She can 
adapt herself to sunshine and storm, 
not lingering or fretting over what 
might have been apartfrom God's 
will. She doesn't worry because her 
lot seems harder than another's, be- 
cause the storms seem fiercer; she 
isn't jealous that another Christian's 
life seems to have been touched with 
a special blend of winsome loveli- 



ness while her own may seem color- 
less. 

Be content, therefore, with know- 
ing that in giving your life entirely 
into God's keeping, you will not be 
given more than you can bear. "My 
burden is light," saith the Lord. 

And be content knowing that God 
can bring greater glory than you 
could possibly achieve without Him. 
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart 
of man, the things which God hath 
prepared for them that love him." 

When you next marvel at the 
beauty of the sunset, the waterfall, 
the storm, remember that God can 
fashion beauty far greater, unleash 
more power, if you but give Him the 
tools of a trusting faith, unswerving 
love, and a determination to become 
clay in the Master's hands, to be 
fashioned according to His purpose. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR MAY 



OPENING CHORUSES — Close 
with theme chorus of the year 
and the theme verses in unison. 

SCRIPTURE LESSON AND 
PRAYER— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers: II Timothy 1:8-18; Juniors: 
I John 3:1-10. 

DEVOTIONAL TOPICS— Seniors 
and Middlers study "According to 
His Own Purpose" by Miss Ava 
Schnittjer; Juniors study "Are 
Your Hands Clean?" by Mrs. H. 
Leslie Moore. 

SPECIAL NUMBER 

TESTIMONY TIME — Perhaps 
you could include a few about 
what your Christian mother 
means to you. 

PRAYER POEM AND PRAYER 
CIRCLE — Use requests in 
Prayer Corner. 

MISSIONARY TOPICS — Seniors 
and Middlers read "Old Women 



of Navajoland" by Mrs. Evan 
Adams; Juniors read "Anita of 
the Tortilla Bakery" by Miss Dor- 
othy Robinson. 

DISCUSSION— Seniors and Mid- 
dlers study chapter 9 of Teen-Age 
Etiquette by Grace Ramquist. 

CLOSE WITH CHORUS OF THE 
MONTH— This month it is the 
chorus to "In My Heart There 
Rings a Melody." 

BUSINESS MEETING— Roll Call 
for Seniors and Middlers is II 
Timothy 1:9. For Juniors it is I 
John 3:9. Be sure to read the "Re- 
minders." 

CLOSING PRAYER 

SMM BENEDICTION — Psalm 
145:1-2. (Suggested Bible read- 
ing for month of May: Seniors 
and Middbrs: Psalms 138-150; 
Juniors: Psalms 105-118.) 

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OLD WOMAN CHAVEZ 



By Mrs. Evan Adams 




Old woman Chavez, as her peo- 
ple, the Navajos, called her, sat 
lazily in the warm New Mexico sun 
outside her hogan one afternoon. 
She viewed with intense pleasure the 
surrounding hills, the green cedar 
trees, and her sheep being herded by 
two of her numerous grandchildren. 
As she sat there, she thought back 
over the years when she and her hus- 
band and their many children, had 
lived on the same land which she 
still owned. The smile of pleasure 
disappeared as she thought of the 
rancher's offer to buy her land. She 
knew he was after the only water 
spring in the area which she owned. 
She held a deep bitterness in her 
heart toward all white men, includ- 
ing traders, ranchers, and even the 
missionaries. These people were 
trying to get her sons and daughters 
to send her grandchildren to the 
white people's school. The Navajo 
ways were the only true ways, and 
she refused to listen to stories about 
a man called Jesus who they said 
was the Son of the only One and 
true God. 

She spat angrily on the ground in 
contempt as she thought of this. She 
would rather have her many gods, 
the coyote, snake, sun, and many 
others. So far, only one daughter had 
disobeyed the old woman's word, 
and had allowed one grandson to go 
to live at the mission school. He 
surely would be punished along with 
his mother by the spirits of her peo- 
ple. 

The old woman was certain that 
the spirits were very angry at the 
Navajo people, since many were 
getting help and schooling from 
these wh